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 for those who have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of the music, the pictures and lyrics shown on screen, and also the performances of those works within your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a large number of song selections, and can’t offer proof with their legality, are pirates. YOU, being a Club, Venue or Event host could possibly be held legally and financially to blame for a pirate’s copyright and even trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is in violation from the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses is not going to cover a Pirate, or shield 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 work, develop a liability for themselves and can be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is perfectly up to YOU since the person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to determine the legal status of one’s entertainers. The easiest way is usually to view their CD+G Discs, or ask for proof legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats
bluetooth karaoke microphone
bluetooth speaker with microphone bluetooth speaker with microphone including PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to find out the original discs that have been loaded to their system, or perhaps a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or won’t adhere to your reasonable request, you need to wish them well, indicate the big mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ’s working together with many 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 is not protected by only 1 pair of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could be expensive, yet it’s the LAW.
Little known fact:
The changes 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 using copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is not legal for use 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 save you somewhat money in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of an law suit will always 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 for those who have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of the music, the pictures and lyrics shown on screen, and also the performances of those works within your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a large number of song selections, and can’t offer proof with their legality, are pirates. YOU, being a Club, Venue or Event host could possibly be held legally and financially to blame for a pirate’s copyright and even trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is in violation from the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses is not going to cover a Pirate, or shield 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 work, develop a liability for themselves and can be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is perfectly up to YOU since the person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to determine the legal status of one’s entertainers. The easiest way is usually to view their CD+G Discs, or ask for proof legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats
bluetooth karaoke microphone
bluetooth speaker with microphone bluetooth speaker with microphone including PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to find out the original discs that have been loaded to their system, or perhaps a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or won’t adhere to your reasonable request, you need to wish them well, indicate the big mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ’s working together with many 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 is not protected by only 1 pair of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could be expensive, yet it’s the LAW.
Little known fact:
The changes 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 using copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is not legal for use 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 save you somewhat money in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of an law suit will always be more trouble than it’s worth!