ASCAP Sues 10 Venues For Copyright Violation

ascapThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has filed lawsuits against 10 bars and restaurants across the country for the unauthorized play of its members’ copyrighted music. The ASCAP says that it attempted to resolve the issue with each establishment numerous times before taking legal action. “By filing these actions, ASCAP is standing up for songwriters whose creative work brings great value to all businesses that publicly perform their music,” said ASCAP Executive VP of Licensing Vincent Candilora in a statement.


Former Etix CEO Kustelski Backs Raleigh-Based Startup

kustelskiWhat’s Joe Kustelski been up to since he left eTix? Investing in apps apparently. The Triangle Business Journal reported that the former CEO of Etix was one of ten investors that backed a Raleigh-based startup called Offline Media. Founded by entrepreneur David Shaner, the company has an app in the works that allows users to get notified of social events in real time, unlike other apps which use calendar links or event pages.


Fans Collectively Paid Over $1.2 Million in Merch For Kobe’s Last Game

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Staples Center broke the one-day merchandise sales record last Wednesday during Kobe Bryant’s finale with the Lakers, selling over $1.2 million in merch (“per caps” $61.01 per person). Merch was sold all day, starting at 8:24 am at the TEAM LA Store at Staples with the exclusive “24 Collection.” The previous record was set in 2007 with $1 million worth of merch sold at London’s O2 Arena by Led Zeppelin.