A bunch of small town bars across the country are getting sued by famous music licensing company BMI for playing songs they don’t have the rights to. BMI has filed lawsuits against 12 bars and restaurants claiming the establishments have been playing their songs without paying a licensing fee.
From The Beach Boys to Lil Wayne, Amy Winehouse, The Rolling Stones and Weezer – for every song BMI owns, if it gets played in a jukebox or by a DJ without the proper fee being paid, BMI is entitled to $150,000 in damages. Songs from Fleetwood Mac, Bono, Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cher could actually put a small town bar out of business.
Apparently though, BMI has selected a slew of random bars and restaurants to sue, including, The Fox Hole in West Jordan, Utah, Mojo Main in Newark, Delaware, Whiskey River Ranch in Springfield, Oregon, Whiskey Bones Roadhouse in Rochester, Minnesota, Kildare’s Irish Pub in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Pig ‘N’ Whistle in NYC. This is probably BMI’s way of sending a message to thousands of other bars across the U.S., that playing their music has price.