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 when you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of their music, the photos and lyrics shown on the screen, and the performances of people works with your venue, really are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a large number of song selections, and can’t offer proof of these legality, are pirates. YOU, like a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially to blame for a pirate’s copyright as well as trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that’s in violation of the law, risks sanctions such as possible loss of the liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or protect you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that have a financial benefit from providing a chance for such infringing individuals or businesses to function, produce a liability on their own which enable it to be found to own vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted directly from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is perfectly up to YOU because person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said
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Karaoke Entertainment to look for the legal status of the entertainers. The easiest way is to view their CD+G Discs, or request proof 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 initial discs that were loaded within their system, or perhaps a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or don’t conform to your reasonable request, you’re ready to wish them well, mention larger than fifteen with their ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which includes several KJ’s working together with several different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual pair of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… if they aren’t, they’re PIRATES! Several systems can not be included in just one pair of original discs or one group of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could possibly be expensive, but it is the LAW.
Little known fact:
The alterations 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 just isn’t legal for usage in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either from your Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may save a little money in the short term, but getting distracted by the legal problems of the law suit can be more trouble than it’s worth!