Sharpenstein Sues Redbirds, Claims Copyright Infringement

Quentin Sharpenstein, of the Rascals of Ragtyme, has filed a copyright infringement suit against the Louisville Redbirds baseball club. The suit asks for statutory damages for unauthorized use of Sharpenstein's song "Redbirds," by the baseball club, according to Sharpenstein's attorney, Randall Head.

The action was brought against the Redbirds when Sharpenstein discovered that the club was playing recorded versions of the song over the loudspeaker system after the Rascals of Ragtyme's contract to perform live at the team's games was not renewed.

The suit asks for the maximum statutory damages of $100,000, an injunction against the further playing of the song and a return of all copies of the song.

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