A handful of multinational organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court against a Lubbock business. Wild West at 2216 Interstate 27 boasts live Texas music and a "legendary" weekly college night. But Broadcast Music Inc., Sony ATV and other corporations accuse Wild West of copyright infringement for playing songs without the proper licensing agreements.
The lawsuit says in part that Wild West's "entire course of conduct" has caused "great and incalculable damage." It also says, "Defendants threaten to continue committing copyright infringement." Four songs are specifically listed as having been played illegally in September of 2010: "Boot Scoot Boogie," "Don't Tell My Heart," "If You're Gonna Play In Texas," and "Jessie's Girl."
A civil cover sheet filed separately from the lawsuit itself says the companies are seeking $100,000. A call to Wild West after normal business hours was picked up by an answering machine. Wild West has a few weeks to respond in court records.
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