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Swift Sues Sports Bar After Sting Operation

11/19/2009 2:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift wants justice after a sting operation in Idaho revealed that a little sports bar was totally cheating her out of ... a few dollars a month.

Swift has attached herself to a copyright infringement lawsuit spearheaded by BMI -- the enforcer of music royalties.

According to a lawyer connected to the case, BMI deployed an "agent" to go on a recon mission at The Sports Cellar bar sometime last year, and the agent noticed the bar was playing music -- including Taylor's stuff -- that they hadn't paid for the right to play.

We're told they even used the allegedly stolen music for Karaoke!!!! Have they no shame?!

Swift and co. are suing for unspecified damages -- but compared to the millions she's raking in right now, this thing in Idaho is totally small potatoes.

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Slutty Whores Rock    

And by the way, leave Bigfeet alone, she is cute and marginally talented especially at her awkward puberty stage.
Seriously, them are some size 13 clodhoppers on this chick.

1710 days ago
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Eme    

I agree with Taylor - it is the principle of the matter. If the bar entered into a copyright agreement, they need to keep the agreement. I design shopping bags ( www.v1-p.com/emebagsindex.html ) and I wouldn't want someone selling my bags without paying me.

1710 days ago
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STFU TMZ YOU ARE IDIOTS    

Taylor =dates guys that wear nazi shirts
hangs with people that are in the illuminati/worship satan
Does rituals and passes it off as she didn't know it would happen with people in the illuminati (kanye west /beyonce)
Sues little guys that just want to listen/play her music

What's next that this biotch will do? Can't stand her, don't fall for her act!!!!

1710 days ago
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STFU TMZ YOU ARE IDIOTS    


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1710 days ago
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pharlap    

Questions for TMZ.
Do radio stations have to pay to play Taylor Swift's, and/or any singers songs?
What year did royalty issues start?

1710 days ago
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republican mensa    

Everybody on here is stupid the record company is the doing the suing this poor girl is under contract and you are their slave she has to go with the flow...she probably has no idea what is really going on as most people who are under contract.....they don't even own their own life the record company does its like selling your soul to the devil. Kooky sux simone is a fat wh*re and they both suck balls I wish these people would just go away

1710 days ago
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two cents    

Oh dear lord! NOT karaoke!! Anything but karaoke!! Seriously, if they have the time and money to go stake out every little mom and pop bar, they really have too much time on their hands. Sure. Go after the little people that play your stuff and made you what you are today. Selfish little twit. The higher they climb... Just a matter of time. Eventually, they all fall from grace thanks to greed. Maybe they can shut down the internet next.

1710 days ago
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Pink Blonde    

I love you, chef Kooky!

None of this makes sense to me. I used to work in a bar that did kareoke, and they were sent cds every month that they ordered from some company. And the kareoke guys were paid by the bar, kind of like a band would be. They were their own seperate business. Sounds like there is something missing from this story, and I doubt Taylor Swift has any idea of this going on. Are her parents her managers, out of curiousity?

1709 days ago
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What do they mean the bar didn't pay for the 'rights' to play her music? Do bars or DJ's have to pay some special fee to play the music they do? Don't most just buy the CD or records? I guess that's why the big companies in control want to get rid of all free airwaves types of reception and keep pushing us into having to pay for radio and tv signals. Soon you won't get any radio or tv unless you can afford it. But hey it's digital so it's worth paying for right?? Sigh.

1709 days ago
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tom    

The bar should be sued for playing irritating noise called Taylor Swift music.

1709 days ago
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MJ    

More like the bar should be suing HER for having to listen to her crappy whiny music.

1709 days ago
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1709 days ago
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jc44    

the total lack of basic understanding by posters and even TMZ is comical. When music is played publicly the bar or whatever entity has to pay blanket royalty fees to one of 2 collection companies. Swift isn't the only one charging for her music, every single musician on a major label is. She had nothing to do with the sting, but is more than entitled to join a lawsuit when someone is ripping her and the industry off. TMZ and others seem to be suggesting that musicians should not be paid and outright stolen from.

1709 days ago
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April    

All you idiots out there!!! Anyone and Everyone in the music business is out for one thing and one thing ONLY:TO MAKE MILLIONS of dollars off of anything and everyone they can.There is NOT one ounce of compassion they have for their fans, they will Never open up their purse's and give back any money.They will just keep taking and raking in the billions of dollars you so stupidly give them! And This Chick is the offspring of the Newby Generation of money grubby talentless biatches who will suck you dry and spin out the stupidest so called music! Go haead, keep defending her, she get richer and you will still be poorer and None the wiser!!! hahaha

1709 days ago
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