U.S. News | Myrtle Beach Bar Owner Sued for Copyright Infringement


O’Neal Davis, a business man and owner of O’Neal Burroughs LLC who runs a Whiskey Beach Bar and Grill in Myrtle Beach, has been sued by broadcast music and other music corporations in a federal court for copyright infringement.  

The plaintiffs sued the defendant for allowing six songs to be performed at the bar without proper licenses. The songs include Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Boogie Shoes, Holiday, I Can’t Help Myself aka Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me aka Somebody Who Loves Me and Long Train Runnin.

According to the lawsuit, the corporations tried to reach Davis 7o times to stop performing the songs.

Responding to the suit, Davis reportedly said if the corporations are accusing him of copyright infringement then they have to go after every bar in Myrtle Beach because the bands play all the same songs he is been accused of.

“I just happened to be the new kid on the block,” he reportedly said.

Broadcast Music Inc et al v. O’ Neal Burroughs LLC et al

South Carolina District Court
Judge:R Bryan Harwell
Case #:4:19-cv-00391
Nature of SuitCopyrights
CauseCopyright Infringement
Case Filed:Feb 11, 2019
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