Restaurateur Liable In Music Copyright Row, 6th Circ. Says

Law360, Los Angeles (June 6, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Friday rejected an appeal brought by the owner of Ohio golf-course restaurant Rafters Bar and Grill, who argued he couldn’t be held responsible for the restaurant’s copyright infringement because he didn’t perform the unauthorized infringing music, finding the owner was vicariously liable.

Broadcast Music Inc., an organization that licenses music and collects royalties on behalf of its songwriter and composer members, sued Meadowlake Ltd. and owner Roy E. Barr for copyright infringement for playing live and recorded message without permission. While the...
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