p2pnet.net News:- You’ll be relieved to know the Copyright Dogs are on the job.
They’ve had an incorrigible 73-year-old Japanese harmonica player arrested for the dastardly crime of playing Beatles tunes.
Masami Toyoda of Tokyo’s Nerima-ku was nailed, “on suspicion of violating the Copyright Law, police said,” according to the Mainichi Daily News, which goes on, “He has reportedly admitted to the allegations against him.”
Toyoda performed 33 The Beatles songs controlled by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, says the story.
“He allegedly performed the songs on the harmonica with a female pianist at the bar he operated between August and September this year.”
Nor is this the first time the elderly harp player had come to the JSACP’s attention.
“Officials said the society sought a provisional injunction against Toyoda in 2001 because he had repeatedly performed copyrighted songs in the past without permission, and the Tokyo District Court granted the injunction,” states the Mainichi Daily News, adding:
“The society filed a criminal complaint against him in September this year because he later kept playing copyrighted songs.”
Mainichi Daily News - Elderly harmonica player arrested for performing copyrighted songs at bar, November 9, 2006