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Skimo’s Image Courtesy of FOX

“Skimo’s is a mom and pop shop where you can get brick oven pizza, pastas, salads and a juicy burger.

‘It’s 100-percent Angus burger, eight ounces, so it’s a half a pound, it’s humongous burger,’ Blaxton said. ‘It’s only $9 with fries. You can’t beat it.’

Until recently you could come here, grab a meal, watch the Memphis Tigers or Grizzlies on the big screen and on Fridays listen to live music.

But in October BMI put a stop to all that and sued Skimo’s for having bands play without paying BMI an annual licensing fee for singing songs that BMI owns.

The fee, would have been $900 a year, but now BMI wants much more.

‘It’s $32,000 now,’ Blaxton said, which he doesn’t have. With his savings and retirement almost tapped out, Blaxton says if BMI prevails, he’d have to close Skimo’s.

Other Mid-South businesses that play music and don’t have license agreements with BMI should also be worried. The company is getting aggressive about collecting licensing fees and when they get you in court, they usually wind up on top.”

Source: Music Industry Targets Memphis Small Businesses – FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

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