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Orlando Bar Order to Pay $30K in Copyright Case

(CN) - An Orlando, Fla., sports bar must pay Broadcast Music Inc. more than $30,000 for the unlawful use of four copyrighted works, a federal judge ruled.

BMI and several music industry co-plaintiffs sued the Orlando's Bloodhound Brew in Oct. 2014, claiming the club infringed on the copyrights for several songs.

Specifically, the plaintiffs said they learned of the club's infringing behavior, and attempted to resolve the situation by sending it several cease and desist letters and placing numerous calls to the establishment.

All of these were ignored, the plaintiffs said.

They then sent an investigator to the club who found that it played at least four copyrighted songs "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters, "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean, "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This" by Toby Keith, and "The Zephyr Song" by Red Hot Chili Peppers during his visit.

On Nov. 2, 2015, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway awarded the plaintiffs $15,200 in unpaid royalties.

Two weeks later, the plaintiffs filed a motion for attorneys fees, and Conway ordered the bar to pay $16,169.97 in attorneys' fees and $1,115 in costs.

The plaintiffs were represented by Zachary Messa of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP in Clearwater, Fla. Representatives of the parties did not respond to a request for comment from Courthouse News.

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