Associations & Music Licensing Fees

By Merle Hass, Esq.

Does your association allow music to be performed in the common areas? Show movies in the clubhouse? If so, even if your facilities are not open to the general public and they appear to be private and small-scale, you are probably obligated to pay a licensing fee to one or more licensing entities, such as ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers); BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated), SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers); or MPLC (Motion Picture Licensing Corporation). If you don’t, you are exposing yourself to considerable risk. (more…)

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Lombardi Making Waves in RI

GSL’s Frank A. Lombardi,  a featured speaker at this month’s Rhode Island  Condo Forum & Expo, has been making a splash on a variety of fronts:

On May 5, 2012, at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, Lombardi co-taught the Almost Free Legal Advice Seminar that answered frequently asked questions about assessment collection, rental restrictions, the Role of the Association Board, covenant enforcement, and discrimination issues. (more…)

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Rhode Island Condo Forum & Expo: May 19, 2012

What: The 2012 Rhode Island Regional Condo Forum & Expo sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAINE)

Who: Joining other industry professionals, GSL’s Frank Lombardi and Mary-Joy Howes will speak about Common and Uncommon Condo Questions: Dos & Dont’s 

Why: The interactive presentation will address everyday issues and unique challenges facing condominium board members, managers and owners in a fun, game-show format that will include prizes.

When: Expo: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; GSL seminar: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Crown Plaza At the Crossings, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI

Tickets: $30 for Members and $55 for Non-Members. Register here or email Frank Lombardi at to request free tickets courtesy of GSL.

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