<![CDATA[Busker Central It's the Law Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:15:22 -0400 <![CDATA[Key West Buskers must pay to perform]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=165&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=165&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 (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[Victory in York that keeps streets alive!]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=173&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=173&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 (YORK) City Halls often see busking as a potential problem to be managed and restricted. The victory with the York City Council resulted in a document designed to encourage and welcome buskers from all over the world.
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An online petition was started by the Keep Streets Live Campaign. It was signed by over 4000 people and called on York to scrap their restrictive policy and work with the busking community to produce new guidance. It seems while one town is outlawing busking and street performing, another is begging for buskers to revitalize their historic and shopping districts.

The York document may influence London's policy that criminalizes street musicians. A campaign has been set up to challenge it and protect Britain's public spaces. The Camden dispute has organized buskers consulting in the House of Lords, taking the...

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<![CDATA[Naked Cowboy puts on $1.5M lawsuit against CBS]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=97&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=97&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 (NYC) Times Square busker and street-performer Bob Burck has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against CBS over a 'Bold and the Beautiful' promo.
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Burck filed for trademark on his act back in 1997. He now seems content to sue mega-conglomerates with questionable legal teams for his livelihood. M & M Mars was his previous infringement suit which was settled out of court.

This time around, he's accusing the CBS network of using a guitar-toting drunken fool in a cowboy hat and underwear to promote a TV soap opera. However, as Bob has mentioned in his "brief" run for NYC mayor, "Nobody will take you seriously without wearing a suit", so he's gearing up for his court date and sending his suit out to the cleaners.


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Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:52:25 -0500
<![CDATA[2013 Summer street performance tour]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2369&b=116&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2369&b=116&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 I'd like to know if anyone else is interested in tagging along or maybe would like me to come through their town. Discovery passes are aroung $560 before tax and are good for 2 months. i feel this is an interesting way to tour, see the country, meet people, and have a good time. Be aware that you can only bring two bags without having to pay an extra fee and your instrument case will count as a bag.]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:05:28 -0500 <![CDATA[Mosman bans buskers]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=29&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=29&c=4&sid=ff8d7ed744ccef7c093e648d438a1b94 BUSKERS, charities, democratic protests and even raffle collectors have been banned from the streets of one of Sydney's most affluent suburbs.

The harsh rule of law has come to the mean streets of Mosman, where the council has banned any activity on land owned by the council that has not been given special council authorisation.

The policy was created after complaints about pesky charity collectors on Military Rd at Mosman Junction and Spit Junction.

However, not everyone in the district feels the need for protection from such undesirables. Shirley Jenkins, a former councillor who voted against the ban, said: "We're starting to take the zest out of life.

"I don't know how many buskers we have in Mosman but I enjoy those around Circular Quay and the thing is that Mosman is boring if we don't have some of these things."

Councils raise $12 million annually in petty fines for...

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