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ASCAP goes after Meadowlark Bar for $27,000 in music copyright lawsuit

The songwriter’s association says the bar is profiting without permission

DJ Claw performing at the Meadowlark on July 28, 2006. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
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River North Art District mainstay the Meadowlark was hit with a lawsuit from ASCAP this week alleging that the bar, at 27th and Larimer streets, is profiting from the works of various musicians without permission.

The lawsuit is one of 19 that ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — filed against businesses nationwide on Oct. 29, and Meadowlark is the only Colorado establishment on the list. ASCAP counts about 725,000 members with a repertory of 11.5 million songs.

“They’ve been sending us letters for years and have basically been bullies since the beginning,” said Erik Ludwig, general manager at the Meadowlark for the past eight years. “They have a ridiculous way of deciding how much money each place has to pay.”

Read the rest of the story at theknow.denverpost.com.

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