Gritty McDuff breached music copyright laws at Old Port pub, lawsuit claims

A music licensing giant has sued one of Maine’s first craft brewpubs in federal court, alleging it violated copyright laws by failing to pay licensing fees for music therein. was played.

Broadcast Music Inc. and five of the songwriters it represents sued Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub, located at 396 Fore St. in Portland’s Old Port, and owners Richard A. Pfeffer and J. Edward Stebbins Jr. Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Broadcast Music Inc. and the artists are seeking an injunction to restrain Gritty’s from infringing the copyrighted material, as well as unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees.

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