Reported by Josh DeVine
NASHVILLE, Tenn.A Printers Alley mainstay is at the center of a federal copyright lawsuit.
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This week, several Music Row companies filed a copyright lawsuit against Lonnie Powers, the owner of Lonnie's Western Room.
In the lawsuit, the companies argue Powers didn't pay licensing fees for the music used at the popular karaoke bar.
The lawsuit specifically mentions eight songs, including "Criminal," written by Fiona Apple and "Before He Cheats," popularized by Carrie Underwood. According to the lawsuit, singers performed all of the songs at the bar on April 23, 2008. The suit also alleges more songs on more dates are systematic of a bigger problem.
According to the lawsuit, Powers once held a license agreement from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also known as ASCAP. In return, Powers agreed to pay license fees to ASCAP.
The suit alleges Powers failed to pay and turned down a reconciliation offer when ASCAP terminated Powers' license.
In the lawsuit, the companies have asked for up to $240,000 in damages.
Powers told The Tennessean newspaper he would pay what he owed and denied turning down ASCAP's renewal offer.
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