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Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani

Take (Taylor) Swift Action

11/22/2009 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Bon Jovi and Gwen Stefani are following in Taylor Swift's sports-bar-crushing footsteps -- because the two pop stars are also suing a hometown drinking establishment for allegedly jacking their music.

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According to a lawsuit filed in Minnesota last month, several of Gwen and Bon Jovi's compositions were publicly performed at Sally's Saloon & Eatery -- and they claim the bar never got the licensing it needed. Now Bon Jovi, Gwen, and all the other people who own copyrights to their music want the bar to pay damages ... and stop playing their songs.

This could be a crushing blow to the local watering hole -- because as we all know, a bar without Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" is like a bird without wings.

Calls to Universal Music Group weren't returned. A rep at Sally's wasn't even aware of the lawsuit.

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smsprite    

Sally's is a college bar on the U of MN Minneapolis campus that has been there FOREVER. My husband's Dave Matthew's style band used to play there back in the day. If they were lacking a music permit, they have probably lacked one forever which I highly doubt. While permits through the city are pricey, every bar and coffee shop in the Twin Cities knows you need one before booking music. Even if you only play originals that you wrote yourself, most establishments won't even consider booking you if they don't have a live music permit.

This whole story doesn't really make any sense and I doubt it's legitimacy.

1758 days ago
17.

BON KOOKY    

KOOKY used to work in the CIRCUS
Union's been on strike
He's down on his luck...it's tough, so tough

SIMONE works the diner all day
Working for her KLOWN, she brings home her pay
For love - for love

She says: We've got to hold on to what we've got
'Cause it doesn't make a difference
If we make BALLOON ANIMALS or not
We've got each other and that's a lot
For RECIPES - we'll give it a shot

We're half way there
Livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear
Livin' on a prayer

1758 days ago
18.

hahahaha!    

Such BS, what happened to stimulating the economy. Aren't Gwen and BJ rich enough? It's not like this is some huge NY dig raking in thousands. Sounds like small time local bar with a juke box full of music they bought CD for. Greedy corporate bastards. We have only a few mega companies in each area in control , entertainment, food, fuel...hell it's a Walmart Nation.. hell we barely have free radio and TV anymore,it's all controlled and sold by a couple of companies under the guise of better 'digital' reception. What's next, we'll need permits to have a garden? Viva la Capitalism eh?? So long as a few are getting rich who gives a crap if the rest stay poor... and keep paying of course.

1758 days ago
19.

justagirl    

This is not looking good for the artist who choose to target small town bars who are most probably just trying to stay afloat in today's economy. As though their thousands of dollars they have in their pocket isn't enough....give me a break...come back to reality and remember the real reason why you choose this career, for your music to be enjoyed and possibly spread a positive message to hundreds of thousands of people. Does the minimal amount of money (of anything) that you will get out of this case really matter? It will only make you come of this looking greedy and foolish. Let it go.

1758 days ago
20.

In L.A.    

I agree with #14. Most likely, it is BMI, ASCAP or one of the Record Labels filing the lawsuit. Very unlikely to be an Artist, who would not have any idea nor the time to visit miscellaneous small town bars to investigate what type of music is being played. It is clearly obvious the Record industry is desperate. After you buy a song (CD or iTunes) it should not matter how you choose to use the music. Ridiculous and corrupt system.

1758 days ago
21.

SUN    

Damn!! desperate times, must call for desperate measures. Thsi makes me want to stop buying their music period. We are not talking about a concert arena; where admission is being charged. These are our local ma&pa places, that average people go just to have fun. HELL, they swould make a mint if they were to sue Japan for this.

1758 days ago
22.

pam    

It seems to me that an organization in the news publishing business would be a little more sympathetic to the musicians trying to protect their copyrights. According to copyright law, if you don't protect and defend your right to control and publish your songs they will become part of the public domain. Then any one will be able to use them for any purpose. It's not so much about the nickel and dime bars as it is about protecting their music from publishing hacks and unapproved use. Do you really want to hear Taylor Swift songs backing your porn or selling your Viagra?

1757 days ago
23.

kim    

SHAME ON ALL YOU GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY "ARTISTS"! As if you dont have enough $ to have to go after little bars supporting you and promoting you for FREE by playing your music. Persoanlly you couldnt pay me to listen to Gwen Stefani because she has no talent. She should be grtaeful they play her songs anywhere! You & your record companies all have enough $ to pay the people behind the scenes so dont use the excuse that it robs everyday Joe of his paycheck - that is b.s. GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY!

1757 days ago
24.

kim    

BAN THESE ARTISTS AND SHOW THEM WHERE THERE OVER INFLATED PAYCHECKS COME FROM TO BEGIN WITH. THE FANS!!!!! FANS WHO FREQUENT THESE BARS, HEAR THE MUSIC THEN WANT TO BUY THE CD'S. what pieces of crap these artists are! And the AMA gave Taylro artist fo the year?? The award should have been for ungrateful, greedy artist of the year!

1757 days ago
25.

TheNox    

Everyone go back and read comments #14 and #25.

THAT is the reality of the situation. Swift, Stefani and Swift are not randomly suing small town bars because their music is being played or performed by amateur bands. These lawsuits are being carried out by the corporations that own the distribution rights to the music. The artists only own the intellectual property rights. These companies' singular goal is to make money, in any fashion they can. And let's be honest - with record sales down, lawsuits are looking lucrative. Situations like what was presented in commented #29, while unfortunate, are quite rare.

And c'mon... you KNOW Jon, Gwen and Taylor couldn't care less. They're probably thrilled people enjoy their music enough to learn it and perform it.

1752 days ago
26.

Rocky    

Give them a chance before we start accusing them! I'll follow this on my blog too if I hear anything new (www.bigtimeconcerttickets.com).

1681 days ago
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