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Karaoke Pirates are nothing but Thieves!

PLEASE don't support "PIRATE" Karaoke operations.

DJ's and KJ's who offer thousands of song selections, and cannot offer proof of their legality, are pirates. YOU, as a Club, Venue or Event host may 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 in violation of the law, risks sanctions including the possible loss of their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses will not cover a Pirate, or protect you from possible prosecution!
"Individuals or Businesses that have a financial benefit from providing an opportunity for such infringing individuals or businesses to operate, create a liability for themselves and can be found to have vicarious or contributory liability." (as quoted directly from: The KIAA WebSite)

It is up to YOU as the person, or corporate representative responsible for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to check the legal status of your entertainers. The easiest way is 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 such as PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to see the original discs that were loaded into their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or refuse to comply with your reasonable request, it's time to wish them well, point out the error of their ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Legitimate Karaoke Entertainers are Proud to prove their discs are original and that their digital recordings are from verifiable sources.
Karaoke Pirates are nothing more than thieves, and they hurt everyone involved with them. They also harm the legitimate Karaoke industry by driving up operating costs and bringing into question the standing of HONEST hard-working Entertainers.

DJ-Mace and RoadShow Karaoke Entertainment are proud to be one of very FEW entertainment companies that strive to be in 100% compliance with the current but ever-changing laws. We will, at your request, provide you with the opportunity to view the Digital licensing for ALL of the songs in our collection. All DJ "fill" music loaded into our Lap-top system is also from Factory Original discs in our collection, which is open for your inspection as well.

Note:  If you hire an entertainment company that has several KJ's working with several different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it's own individual set of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies... if they aren't, they are PIRATES! Several systems can not be covered by only one set of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies.  It may be expensive, but it is the LAW. 

PIRATE Karaoke Questions and Answers...
Q:   As a venue Owner / Manager, how do I know if I've hired a PIRATE Karaoke company?
A:   If your host uses CDs (CD+G) that are marked with anything but Original Factory Markings they are absolutely NOT legal...only the ORIGINAL CD+G discs are legal for commercial use!
Q:   My KJ (Karaoke Jockey) uses discs that are marked with a marker and no factory labeling, should I fire him or her?
A:   Not necessarily, you could ask them to use only their FACTORY ORIGINAL CD+G discs first...and if they refuse or they can't comply THEN terminate their employment.
Q:   My KJ informed me that they do not own the original discs but they have a "digital licence" are they OK?
A:   Ask to examine it... look for an official office contact and then confirm the "licence".   If the licensing is not verifiable, it's not legal.
Q:   My Karaoke Host uses a Hard Drive System / Computer and has informed me that the songs came loaded in the system, without the discs, and are not necessary.
A:    Not True... All systems must be in some way verifiable. 
Q:   My KJ works cheaper than everyone else in the area, why should I question them?
A:   Don't...  IF you can afford the fines or even losing your liquor license, roll those dice!
Q:   My Karaoke Host has thousands and thousands of songs, are they legal?
A:   Only if they own and use the Original Factory Discs or own licensed verifiable digital copies.  The money spent on thousands of legal songs should be thousands of dollars. 
Q:   Why is hiring a Legal Karaoke operation with Karaoke Catalogs containing Licensed music so Important...?  After all, aren't I saving money hiring the Pirate Karaoke Company?
A:    Well, let's pretend that a Bar or Club just like yours, opened across the street from your place...The only difference is, THEY serve COUNTERFIET "Brand Name" Food, Liquor and Beer, it tastes the same as the original, AND they get those Counterfeit supplies for FREE!   What a surprise, they are undercutting your prices and stealing your business!  You can't compete against that right?  It's not fair right? It's not LEGAL right?
This is EXACTLY what the legitimate Karaoke host is up against! 
Venue Operators Beware...
The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. will not 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 screen, and the performances of those works in your venue, are indeed illegal.
Both the Karaoke Pirates and the Venues that hire them are now being Sued by the Karaoke Music Manufactures, who hold the Copyrights and Trademarks being VIOLATED by the Pirates.
A Lawsuit is very EXPENSIVE... even if you WIN !!!

To the best of our knowledge, the information contained above was current and correct as of  03/24/11. The changes 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 is not legal for use in venues for profit (even for free drinks)... Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either from the Factory Original Discs or from licensed Digital Copies ONLY.

I state here and now, for your information and legally for the record...
I presently have in my posession, and have always had, a "Factory Original" disc for each and every song in my books and/or a Digital License for all digital copies in my collection! 
Would you like an opportunity to inspect my Licenses?


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