Its all about licensing rights –
Allen is right. Not only would you have to have their permission, but most major acts (such as Alice Cooper) demand royalties and licensing rights to use their name, images, song titles, or anything else affiliated with them. Our campground was forced to pay ASCAP memberships because they wanted to have a Margaritaville party. They weren't using any of Buffett's music, just having a party based on the theme. They now pay dues to ASCAP, BMI, and SECAP to cover them anytime they play music.
If you use music (outside from Midnight Syndicate or any of the other Haunt Industry groups who cover licensing in other ways) you ahve to pay ASCAP and BMI at a minimum for the rebroadcast of music to your audience. Makes no difference how the music is used (the same is true of all bars and restaurants who all pay these dues). And I can tell you from experience that these guys are extremely aggressive and will pursue you even if you are a small business.
The same goes for movies and TV shows. These all demand licensing rights to use any theme or video segments from their media.
Travis "Big T" Russell
Big T Productions Inc
Owner and Operator of "The Plague" and "Camp Nightmare"
Customer Quote of the year: "Damn, I pissed myself"