The Day the Music … Spied?

March 29, 2015 – In The News

Lori Landew was quoted in the article, “The Day the Music ... Spied?” Full text can be found in the March 29, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Many restaurants and bars have begun cancelling live music performances due to licensing disputes with major performing-rights organizations that collect fees on behalf of song composers when other people play their music.

The companies perform research, including monitoring social media, to help identify venues that may not be paying required fees.

Owners who refuse to pay could wind up in court, where they will likely lose, according to Lori Landew, who advises clients to respond to any letters from the performing-rights organizations.

Once they add you to the list of potential copyright violators, they can be relentless in collecting fees, Landew said.

"Eventually, they do send people in to investigate," Landew said.

Are they called jazz spies?

"I don't know," she said. "But that would be a good name."