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Bruce Springsteen demands his name is removed from lawsuit against midtown bar Connolly's
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Bruce Springsteen demands his name is removed from lawsuit against midtown bar Connolly's

Bruce Springsteen demands his name is removed from lawsuit against midtown bar Connolly's

Thursday, February 4th 2010, 4:58 PM

'The Boss,' a champion of the little guy, has ordered that his name be taken off a copyright infringement lawsuit said to have been filed on his behalf by the ASCAP
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'The Boss,' a champion of the little guy, has ordered that his name be taken off a copyright infringement lawsuit said to have been filed on his behalf by the ASCAP

Someone pulled a fast one on The Boss.

Bruce Springsteen demanded Thursday that his name be removed from a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against a Midtown bar.

"Bruce Springsteen had no knowledge of this lawsuit, was not asked if he would participate as a named plaintiff, and would not have agreed to do so if he had been asked," his publicity firm, Shore Fire Media, said in a statement.

As the Daily News reported, a suit listing Springsteen as the plaintiff was filed Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court against Connolly's Pub & Restaurant on W. 45th St.

The suit alleged that the bar collected cover charges from customers to hear a band that performed at least three Springsteen songs - without paying a licensing fee to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

A call to the lawyers listed on the suit was referred to ASCAP, which said that although the suit was filed on behalf of Springsteen, the intent was to protect the rights of all songwriters.

But Bruce, long seen as a champion of the little guy, apparently wasn't too keen on his name being used to go after Connolly's for a $2,700 annual ASCAP fee.

"Upon learning of this lawsuit, Bruce Springsteen's representatives demanded the immediate removal of his name from the lawsuit," the statement said.

Lawyers for ASCAP could not be immediately reached Thursday and calls to Connolly's owners were not returned.

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