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 for those who have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies with their music, the pictures and lyrics shown on the screen, along with the performances of those works with your venue, are indeed illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer 1000s of song selections, and should not offer proof of these legality, are pirates. YOU, like a Club, Venue or Event host could possibly be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is certainly in violation from the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses is not going to cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that have a financial make use of providing a way for such infringing individuals or businesses to operate, produce a liability by themselves and will be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted completely from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is perfectly up to YOU because 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 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 like PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to see the original discs which were loaded inside their system, or even a verifiable digital license. If they hand you
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excuses, or don’t conform to your reasonable request, you’re ready to wish them well, indicate larger than fifteen of these ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which has several KJ’s utilizing many different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual list of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… when they aren’t, they’re PIRATES! Several systems is not protected by merely one group of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It may 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 use of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs is not legal to 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 help you save somewhat money in the short term, but getting caught up in the legal problems of an law suit will always be more trouble than it’s worth!