Friday, November 20, 2009

Taylor Swift, BMI Sue Idaho Bar

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Yesterday, reported that an agent for BMI—Broadcast Music Inc.—was doing a little desert recon and found Lewiston bar Boomers' Sports Cellar in violation of playing music without having paid licensing rights.

A case, filed in Idaho District Court in September against TTJ's Inc., d/b/a The Sport Cellar, a/k/a Boomers' Sports Cellar and Club 301 and The Garden, a/k/a Boomers' Garden, Jay B. Starnes, lists among the plaintiffs, Songs of Universal Inc., EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI and Taylor Allison Swift, an individual d/b/a Taylor Swift Music.

Boomers' Sports Cellar owner Jay Starnes couldn't be reached for comment, but a daytime employee at the bar said she'd only learned of the allegations after someone from Georgia kept calling repeatedly asking about the story, so she looked it up online.

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