PIRATE Karaoke Operations, and Why You Shouldn’t Hire Them

The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. will not protect you or your business if you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of these music, the photographs and lyrics shown on screen, and the performances of these works with your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a large number of song selections, and can’t offer proof of their legality, are pirates. YOU, like a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially bluetooth speaker with microphone
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone to blame for a pirate’s copyright as well as trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is in violation of the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that have a financial reap the benefits of providing a way for such infringing individuals or businesses to use, produce a liability for their own reasons and can be found to possess vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted straight from: The KIAA WebSite)
It can be YOU as the person, or corporate representative in charge of employing said Karaoke Entertainment to check the legal status of your entertainers. The easiest way is to view their CD+G Discs, or obtain proof legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats for example PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to see the main discs which are loaded into their system, or possibly a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or don’t conform to your reasonable request, you need to wish them well, mention the big mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which has several KJ’s utilizing a number of different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual group of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… when they aren’t, these are PIRATES! Several systems can not be protected by only one pair of original discs or one pair of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could be expensive, yet it’s the LAW.
Little known fact:
The modifications in copyright law and “fair use” are on-going. Most legal sources maintain that “fair use” includes the transfer of digital media as: “1 to 1″… HOWEVER the commercial use of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is just not legal for usage in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either in the Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may help save a little money in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of a law suit can be more trouble than it’s worth!

PIRATE Karaoke Operations, and Why You Shouldn’t Hire Them

The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. will not protect you or your business if you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of these music, the photographs and lyrics shown on screen, and the performances of these works with your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a large number of song selections, and can’t offer proof of their legality, are pirates. YOU, like a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially bluetooth speaker with microphone
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone to blame for a pirate’s copyright as well as trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is in violation of the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that have a financial reap the benefits of providing a way for such infringing individuals or businesses to use, produce a liability for their own reasons and can be found to possess vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted straight from: The KIAA WebSite)
It can be YOU as the person, or corporate representative in charge of employing said Karaoke Entertainment to check the legal status of your entertainers. The easiest way is to view their CD+G Discs, or obtain proof legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats for example PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to see the main discs which are loaded into their system, or possibly a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or don’t conform to your reasonable request, you need to wish them well, mention the big mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which has several KJ’s utilizing a number of different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual group of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… when they aren’t, these are PIRATES! Several systems can not be protected by only one pair of original discs or one pair of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could be expensive, yet it’s the LAW.
Little known fact:
The modifications in copyright law and “fair use” are on-going. Most legal sources maintain that “fair use” includes the transfer of digital media as: “1 to 1″… HOWEVER the commercial use of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is just not legal for usage in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either in the Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may help save a little money in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of a law suit can be more trouble than it’s worth!