A bar owner in Lubbock, Texas is being sued by a copyright company for allowing local bands to play music that was out sixty or seventy years ago.
"Your Cheatin' Heart", a classic Hank Williams song from the early 1950's is named in the suit along with such modern classics, "I Cover The Waterfront" from the 1940's and "You Go To My Head". Tunes that mean so much to today's teens, or today's boomers even.
"I wonder who let the first fart?" asked Dave Goodley, the bar owner. "I wish I knew because I'd try to copyright it and charge everybody that let's go a window-rattler!"
"How about a belch..B E L C H!!!?" belched a guy at the end of the bar. "Think what you could make in here every night."
"You still got to pay us for the music", stated the ASCAP man who's job is to sneak into small bars, clubs and even churches to make sure that if any of THEIR copyrighted music is played, ASCAP gets a fee.
Here's my solution: Sing and play whatever you want wherever you want and play one note off key and change a word or two, then you can call it a parody or spoof of the original, which is legal to play.
But after listening to "Jay and the Bagpipes" version of "Louie, Louie" I sided with the ASCAP guy. In this case, there should have also been some jail time.