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Towne Lounge sued for alleged copyright infringement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 27, 2017


EAST ST. LOUIS — Several copyright owners are suing Towne Lounge for allegedly allowing their musical compositions to be performed without authorization.

Broadcast Music Inc., House of Cash Inc., Gregmark Music Inc., Lord and Walker Publishing and Sony/ATV Songs LLC filed a complaint on March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Terry Wray, doing business as Towne Lounge, alleging the establishment operators willfully violated the Copyright Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that since February 2015, the defendants publicly performed and/or caused to be publicly performed the plaintiffs' copyrighted musical compositions without authorization.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable injuries for lost revenue unless the defendants are restrained by the court.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek restraining order enjoining defendant from further infringing, payment for pay actual or statutory damages, attorney’s fees and costs and such other and further relief.

They are represented by Charles A. Laff and Gilberto E. Espinoza of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Chicago.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00284

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