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Springsteen wants name off lawsuit against NYC bar

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Rock star Bruce Springsteen wants his name off a lawsuit demanding licensing fees from a Manhattan bar where a band played his songs.

A statement on Springsteen's Web site yesterday said he didn't know about the lawsuit that was filed Feb. 3 in federal court and wouldn't have agreed to be a plaintiff if he had been asked.

The statement said Springsteen's representatives demanded the immediate removal of his name yesterday morning after learning about the lawsuit filed by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

ASCAP didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment for this story.

The suit claims Connolly's Pub violated the New Jersey rocker's copyrights by letting an unidentified band perform two of his songs for profit.

A man who answered the phone at Connolly's said the pub had no comment.


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