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 these music, the photos and lyrics shown on screen, and the performances of those works inside your venue, are indeed illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a huge
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone
bluetooth karaoke microphone
number of song selections, and cannot offer proof of these legality, are pirates. YOU, being a Club, Venue or Event host could possibly be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright 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 with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that use a financial make use of providing a chance for such infringing individuals or businesses to function, develop a liability on their own and can be found to have vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted 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 always to view their CD+G Discs, or ask for 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 see the main discs which were loaded within their system, or even a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or will not conform to your reasonable request, you’re ready to wish them well, explain the mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ’s dealing with several unique systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual list of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… if they aren’t, they are PIRATES! Several systems can’t be covered by only one group of original discs or one list of licensed verifiable digital copies. It may be expensive, but it is the LAW.
Little known fact:
The modifications 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 usage of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs 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 help you save somewhat take advantage the short term, but getting caught up in the legal problems of an 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 these music, the photos and lyrics shown on screen, and the performances of those works inside your venue, are indeed illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer a huge
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone
bluetooth karaoke microphone
number of song selections, and cannot offer proof of these legality, are pirates. YOU, being a Club, Venue or Event host could possibly be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright 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 with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not likely cover a Pirate, or save you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that use a financial make use of providing a chance for such infringing individuals or businesses to function, develop a liability on their own and can be found to have vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted 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 always to view their CD+G Discs, or ask for 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 see the main discs which were loaded within their system, or even a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or will not conform to your reasonable request, you’re ready to wish them well, explain the mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ’s dealing with several unique systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual list of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… if they aren’t, they are PIRATES! Several systems can’t be covered by only one group of original discs or one list of licensed verifiable digital copies. It may be expensive, but it is the LAW.
Little known fact:
The modifications 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 usage of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs 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 help you save somewhat take advantage the short term, but getting caught up in the legal problems of an law suit can be more trouble than it’s worth!