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

The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. will not likely protect you or your business when you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of their music, the photos and lyrics shown on screen, and also the performances of these works inside your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer thousands of song selections, and cannot offer proof of the legality, are pirates. YOU, as a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone
microphone speaker
venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is certainly in violation in the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of the liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or shield you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that possess a financial reap the benefits of providing an opportunity for such infringing individuals or businesses to operate, develop a liability for themselves and can be found to possess vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted directly from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is about YOU as the person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to look for the legal status of your respective entertainers. The easiest way is always to view their CD+G Discs, or obtain proof of legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats including PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to determine the main discs that have been loaded to their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or will not conform to your reasonable request, it is time to wish them well, indicate larger than fifteen of their ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company containing several KJ’s dealing with a number of different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual pair of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… should they aren’t, they are PIRATES! Several systems cannot be paid by only 1 pair of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It might be expensive, but it’s the LAW.
Little known fact:
The adjustments to 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 utilization of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is not legal for usage in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either through the Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may save you a bit take advantage the short term, but getting depressed 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 likely protect you or your business when you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of their music, the photos and lyrics shown on screen, and also the performances of these works inside your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer thousands of song selections, and cannot offer proof of the legality, are pirates. YOU, as a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone
microphone speaker
venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is certainly in violation in the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of the liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or shield you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that possess a financial reap the benefits of providing an opportunity for such infringing individuals or businesses to operate, develop a liability for themselves and can be found to possess vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted directly from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is about YOU as the person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to look for the legal status of your respective entertainers. The easiest way is always to view their CD+G Discs, or obtain proof of legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats including PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to determine the main discs that have been loaded to their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or will not conform to your reasonable request, it is time to wish them well, indicate larger than fifteen of their ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company containing several KJ’s dealing with a number of different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual pair of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… should they aren’t, they are PIRATES! Several systems cannot be paid by only 1 pair of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It might be expensive, but it’s the LAW.
Little known fact:
The adjustments to 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 utilization of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is not legal for usage in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either through the Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may save you a bit take advantage the short term, but getting depressed by the legal problems of a law suit can be more trouble than it’s worth!