Piece, the Wicker Park pizzeria and brewery, is being sued by BMI, Sony, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, who all claim copyright infringement.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, names Piece and its owner, Bill Jacobs, as defendants.
On its website, Piece advertises live band karaoke that is held every Saturday at 11 p.m. Patrons are allowed to pick songs to sing that a guitarist, drummer and bass player provide the backing music to.
Three alleged performances — all of which were said to have occurred on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 — were singled out in the complaint; “Crazy” by Willie Nelson; “Give It Away” by the Red Hot Chili Pepper; and “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer.
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