As the owner or manager of a Karaoke venue, you can be held liable for the actions of your contracted Karaoke hosts. If they are running pirated song content and you have been made aware of this and do nothing about it, you can be sued for copyright and/or trademark infringement, which could be very costly to you and/or your venue.
The program is simple. As the owner or manager of a karaoke venue all you have to do is sign up for our free program, and require the karaoke hosts you hire to fill out a simple, two-page form and have them produce their sets of Sound Choice discs for a brief review. If you register each host's form and review results with us, Sound Choice will not sue you for infringement of our intellectual property rights based upon your host's activities or status.
Note that this is Sound Choice's offer of "safe harbor" for you. The karaoke host likely has many different manufacturers' products on his system, which means you bear a potential liability for all the other content on his system as well. To avoid potential problems with other manufacturers, we suggest that you be equally thorough in requesting evidence of original discs for all of the host company's songs. Further, if they are known to have multiple systems in other venues, they need to have multiple sets of original discs as well. Alternatively, you can request that the host become a member of KIAA (which will conduct audits of their content) or supply you with verifications from the individual manufacturers like we are doing here.
You might wonder why such a program is necessary. Well, in 2009, in response to an overwhelming degree of piracy in the karaoke industry, Sound Choice began to enforce its intellectual property rights more vigorously by initiating lawsuits in several states against karaoke pirates--hosts and venues that were using unauthorized copies of Sound Choice's accompaniment tracks to make money. More suits are planned for 2010. Learn more about Sound Choice's lawsuits.
In those suits, there are three kinds of defendants:
It benefits karaoke hosts by educating them about the right way to operate--and it gives legal karaoke hosts an important advantage over their competitors.
This program benefits Sound Choice by making it easier to track unauthorized activities, so that karaoke hosts who are operating against the law and our policies can get legal and stay legal.
To learn more:
Information for Venues | Venue FAQ
Information for Hosts | Host FAQ
To sign up:
As a Venue
As a Host
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