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Copyright lawsuit filed against 202 Market

Copyright lawsuit filed against 202 Market


A downtown Roanoke restaurant is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for hosting live music acts that performed the songs of various popular artists, from Johnny Cash to The White Stripes.

202 Market was named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

The lawsuit was filed by Broadcast Music Inc., a New York company that licenses the public performances of about 7.5 million copyrighted songs.

Under copyright law, establishments are required to pay licensing fees before offering live or recorded versions of compositions that have been granted a copyright.

Also joining the lawsuit against 202 Market were 12 corporations and partnerships that own the copyrights of at least one song performed at 202 Market.

Among the songs cited in the lawsuit were "Folsom Prison Blues" by Cash, "Seven Nation Army" by Jack White of The White Stripes, and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," written by Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield.

Those and other songs were performed by live bands at 202 Market, which did not have a licence or permission to put on the acts, the lawsuit claims.

The bands that performed at the venue over the past two years were not named in the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the owners of the copyrighted songs have suffered "great and incalculable" losses. It seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

The lawsuit also asks for a court order restraining 202 Market from future copyright violations.

Federal court records show that Broadcast Music Inc. has filed three other copyright infringement lawsuits against Western Virginia businesses over the past 10 years.

Efforts to reach 202 Market for comment were unsuccessful Thursday.

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