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 if you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of these music, the pictures and lyrics shown on screen, and the performances of people works inside your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a huge number of song selections, and can’t offer proof with their legality, are pirates. YOU, as a Club, Venue or Event host may be held legally and financially in charge of a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that’s in violation with the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of these liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses is not going to cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that possess a financial take advantage of providing a chance for such infringing individuals or businesses to function, develop a liability for themselves and will be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted completely from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is about YOU as the person, or corporate representative to blame for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to determine 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 for example PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to view the main discs which were loaded into their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or refuse to conform to your reasonable request, it’s time to wish them well, indicate the mistake of their ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ’s working together with 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, they may be PIRATES! Several systems cannot be paid by merely 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 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″…
microphone speaker

bluetooth karaoke microphone
bluetooth speaker with microphone HOWEVER the commercial usage of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs just isn’t legal to be used 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 help save a bit cash in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of a law suit will almost 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 if you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of these music, the pictures and lyrics shown on screen, and the performances of people works inside your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a huge number of song selections, and can’t offer proof with their legality, are pirates. YOU, as a Club, Venue or Event host may be held legally and financially in charge of a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that’s in violation with the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of these liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses is not going to cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that possess a financial take advantage of providing a chance for such infringing individuals or businesses to function, develop a liability for themselves and will be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted completely from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is about YOU as the person, or corporate representative to blame for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to determine 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 for example PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to view the main discs which were loaded into their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or refuse to conform to your reasonable request, it’s time to wish them well, indicate the mistake of their ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ’s working together with 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, they may be PIRATES! Several systems cannot be paid by merely 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 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″…
microphone speaker

bluetooth karaoke microphone
bluetooth speaker with microphone HOWEVER the commercial usage of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs just isn’t legal to be used 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 help save a bit cash in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of a law suit will almost always be more trouble than it’s worth!