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Music Industry Starts Suing Businesses in Cape Girardeau

So, it’s finally happened: the music industry has caught up with Cape Girardeau. BMI, a label that represents various recording artists, has sued Longshots Bar and Billiards for songs one of the bands they hired played one evening. We can argue how “fair” this is all day but the bottom line is: it’s illegal without a license to play songs that are not in the public domain.

I’ve been telling customers for years they need to get legal with this and their response is always “but we’re in Cape Girardeau, why would they come here? We’re too small.”. Well, you were right… until last month 🙂

 Computer 21 does not sell licensing. This is just another PSA to try and help my customers stay out of legal crosshairs…. And please keep in mind: these licenses are necessary for _anything_ played in the public domain. This includes music when placing customers on hold and music played in your lobby/waiting room. Playing a public radio station requires a license as well.

If you need help getting legal, email me back. I can refer you to a few services to check out.

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Andrew Bard

BardNet, LLC dba Computer 21, LLC




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