Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC announced today that it will resume production of new karaoke tracks under the Sound Choice brand, in a new program known as Sound Choice ADVANCE.The company will accept prepaid reservations from its existing licensees, who will receive a digital album of between 8 and 12 new, never-before-produced karaoke accompaniment tracks.
Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC, together with its predecessor in interest, Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation, more commonly known as Sound Choice, today announced that three previously pending lawsuits brought against the companies and others by Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the EMI consortium of music publishers, have been finally and fully resolved.All three lawsuits, including two in New York and one in Tennessee, have been dismissed voluntarily.
On February 10, 2015, Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC (“PEP”) acquired certain assets belonging to Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation, including the SOUND CHOICE® trademarks, certain copyrights, and other assets.
PEP plans to continue Slep-Tone’s program of rights enforcement through litigation and is in the process of taking over Slep-Tone's litigation portfolio.
Since 2009, Slep-Tone has used a variety of certification programs combined with litigation to protect the Sound Choice brand. Most of that effort has been focused on making certain that every karaoke operator maintained 1:1 correspondence between discs owned and karaoke tracks on hard drives. That approach, while effective, is costly to implement in terms of both money and time, both for the karaoke operators and for Sound Choice.
While certification remains available for at least a limited time, PEP is announcing a new, simplified licensing program, HELP℠, for karaoke professionals and the venues that host karaoke entertainment using SOUND CHOICE® karaoke tracks. HELP, PEP’s Hassle-free Easy Licensing Program, focuses on the quality of the tracks the operator is using rather than requiring a detailed accounting of 1:1 correspondence. That means there are no disc audits required. As long as their physical tracks meet certain technical requirements for quality, operators who join the HELP program can use any of the more than 16,500 “red logo” tracks in Sound Choice’s historical catalog, regardless of where or how those tracks are stored, without being concerned about trademark infringement. HELP℠ is PEP's new Hassle-free Easy Licensing Program. Participating operators pay a simple monthly fee based on the number of karaoke rigs they operate. Venues can also join the HELP program.
This new program will make it easier for karaoke operators to rely on the quality of SOUND CHOICE® accompaniment tracks without worrying about costly compliance procedures centered on 1:1 correspondence. It will also make it easier for Sound Choice to focus on leveling the playing field for legitimate karaoke operators through litigation and, most importantly, to put resources toward new production.
HELP is available today. Operators and venues can learn more and sign up for the program at this link.
SOUND CHOICE®, America’s leading karaoke brand, is the top-rated and most-used brand of karaoke accompaniment tracks in most of the more than 40,000 bars,
restaurants, and other venues in the United States that host at least one karaoke show per month. Sound Choice accompaniment tracks are consistently rated as being the most accurate
and the closest to the sound of the original recording for more than 16,500 popular songs in all eras and genres.
SOUND CHOICE and the SOUND CHOICE Logo are registered trademarks and registered service marks and HELP℠ is a service mark of Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC.
The HELP program is not yet available for operators who reside or do business in New York or Tennessee.
The HELP program is now available in all 50 states.