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Where Do My BMI Music Licensing Dollars Really Go? (By Dan Spears- Vice President of Industry Relations and Licensing, BMI)

That question is frequently asked when business owners look into securing a BMI music license and the answer is quite simple.  All licensing fees, less BMI’s operating expenses, are paid directly to over 750,000 of its affiliates.  Currently, 88 cents of every dollar brought in from licensing fees is distributed to BMI songwriters, composers, and music publishers in…
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Why this Albany bar owner is suing a giant liquor distributor for more than $1 million

http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2016/11/16/why-this-albany-bar-owner-is-suing-a-giant-liquor.html?ana=e_ae_set1&s=article_du&ed=2016-11-16&u=jAKExvPle42Dpqoxuh%2FkxET%2FJMF&t=1479327106&j=76483321
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Albany bars: Liquor giant ripped us off

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Albany-bars-Liquor-giant-ripped-us-off-10616251.php
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Lincoln bar sued for playing copyrighted songs without license

http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/lincoln-bar-sued-for-playing-copyrighted-songs-without-license/article_a900930b-f77d-5b01-bb73-78b95a2ed71e.html?utm_source=ABL+Weekly+257&utm_campaign=Weekly+%7F11%2F11&utm_medium=email
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ABC Law/ ATAP Trainings Continue

Our series of ABC Law and ATAP trainings conducted with the State Liquor Authority continue this Fall with sessions scheduled in Binghamton (11/2), Buffalo (11/7), Utica (11/1) and Westchester (11/15). This training program is presented free of charge thanks to the support of Anheuser-Busch, Empire Merchants North, Heineken USA, MillerCoors and Southern Wine & Spirits.…
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New Law Establishes Additional Consumer Protections for Gift Cards

A new law increases the minimum time before gift cards can be charged a user fee, places additional restrictions on those fees and expands the expiration dates of gift cards in order to protect consumers. Under this new law, the time period before fees can be charged to unused gift card balances has been increased…
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Banquet Workers Take Wage Fight to Court

A Rochester law firm has filed suit against numerous local restaurant and banquet facilities on behalf of local workers who claim they were not properly paid tips. At the core of these disputes is the charge that the businesses added “service charges” to their customers’ bills but did not pass along all of the fees…
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