The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. won’t protect you or your business if you have knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of their music, the images and lyrics shown on the watch’s screen, and the performances of those works within your venue, are indeed illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer 1000s of song selections, and should not offer proof of their legality, are pirates. YOU, as a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially in charge of a pirate’s copyright as well as trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor that is in violation of the law, risks sanctions including the possible loss with their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not cover a Pirate, or shield you from possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that have a financial reap the benefits of providing a chance for such infringing individuals or businesses to function, develop a liability for themselves and may be found to have vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted from: The KIAA WebSite)
It is about YOU since the person, or
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corporate representative in charge of employing said Karaoke Entertainment to check the legal status of one’s entertainers. The easiest way would be to view their CD+G Discs, or require proof legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats such as PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to view the first discs that have been loaded inside their system, or even a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or don’t conform to your reasonable request, it is time to wish them well, indicate the big mistake of these ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which includes several KJ’s utilizing several unique systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual list of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… whenever they aren’t, these are PIRATES! Several systems can’t be paid by just one pair of original discs or one list of licensed verifiable digital copies. It might 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 use of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs just isn’t legal to use 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 save somewhat cash in the short term, but getting caught up in the legal problems of a law suit will always be more trouble than it’s worth!