Criminal Karaoke at Cop Bar?


Corner bar owners who hoped the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers would use their lawyers to target only the bigger fish got a wake-up call yesterday. The ASCAP filed another suit against businesses where copyrighted music was performed without permission--aka, karaoke-ing without a license. Northeast Minneapolis tavern Scott's 1029 Bar was one of 22 establishments named in the complaint.

How did a random Nordeast cop bar make it into the national dragnet? Vincent Candilora from the ASCAP broke it down for me.

"We have licensing managers who work on teams. They go out, look for new establishments, and explain what we do." If the foot soldier can't convince a 90-person-capacity bar to cough up the $460.75 yearly license fee for performing the works of ASCAP artists, the bar could find the details of its next karaoke night commemorated in court documents.

For Scott's 1029 Bar, a well-loved refuge for Minneapolis' finest, that night came on September 6, 2007. The offending songs? "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Looking for Love" ... and "Runaway Train" by David Pirner (whose "Fuck you, man" to cops busting up a warehouse party was famously preserved on the Replacements EP Stink).

Messages left for the owners of the 1029 Bar, "A place to come have some fun, relax after work, get away from the kids, or just get drunk and be somebody!" were not returned.