<![CDATA[Busker Central It's the Law Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en <![CDATA[Man jailed for stealing busker's hat]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=94&c=4&sid=93053cbc6da5e122b170d5c4880619fd (ENGLAND) Busker and supply teacher Phil Gray was happily busking away when a passerby casually took the hat off Gray's head and disappeared.
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It all seemed to be a joke until the grim reality set in. The hat was gone - never to be returned.

Fortunately, an audience member was shooting a video with his cell phone of Gray performing when the incident occurred.

Gray claims the creep who stole his hat had talked with him several times earlier in the day.

In the video, you actually see the crime committed. The thief was later picked up but no hat was to be found.

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<![CDATA[Buskers form the Church of the Holy Kazoo]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=152&c=4&sid=93053cbc6da5e122b170d5c4880619fd (CAMDEN TOWN) Holy guacamole! Camden has banned amplified street music and now requires unplugged performers to buy licenses.
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With the help of the Great Golden Kazoo in the sky, buskers have formed a church to sidestep the new busking laws. The Church of the Holy Kazoo has just been formed in the nick of time by buskers exercising the human right to "preach" in public.

It all started when Buskers staged a "street jam" in the heart of Camden to protest against the controversial new rules to license busking in the borough. Street performer Jonny Walker came up with the idea after Camden council's new laws required buskers to pay for licenses. He realized that street preaching is protected under freedom of expression laws so he set up the Church of the Holy Kazoo. It means Jonny...

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<![CDATA[Settlement ends Naked Cowboy suit]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=17&c=4&sid=93053cbc6da5e122b170d5c4880619fd Briefly put, the Naked Cowboy and candy giant Mars reached a down-to-earth settlement in Federal Court Friday over a Times Square billboard.

No one's talking, least of all the normally voluble Robert Burck, who parades around the Crossroads of the World in his skivvies, strumming a guitar and urging passersby to think of him as God.

Burck sued Mars for millions last winter, alleging two Times Square billboards and a mural that depicted a guitar-wielding M&M candy in tight white shorts gave the impression that he's endorsing their product.

Last June, Federal Judge Denny Chin ruled the Cowboy's suit accusing Mars of "false endorsement" could continue.

The suit was resolved Friday with a closed-door settlement.

By Owen Moritz
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
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<![CDATA[Key West Buskers must pay to perform]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=165&c=4&sid=93053cbc6da5e122b170d5c4880619fd (KEY WEST) Just when you think they've figured it all out, Key West's city hall has created still more controversy in their busking laws. Being in the news over the past several years, it may be a matter of the successful Mallory Square Sunset Celebration turf just not being big enough for the city's satisfaction.
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The city along with the Cultural Preservation Society(?) now wants to charge individual buskers $20 a night for accepting tips. Federal courts repeatedly rule that permit fees for First Amendment activity are unconstitutional. Yet we see constant challenges to the right of free speech. City halls do not seem to understand that busking and street performing are immune to their taxing. Confusion appears to come when the performer is observed accepting tips. It seems any exchange of money gets some excited...

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<![CDATA[Tombstone "the town to tough to die"]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2305&b=112&c=4&sid=93053cbc6da5e122b170d5c4880619fd