On this page you'll find our official policy regarding the use of our trademarks and service marks. The information on this page is general information, not legal advice. If you have questions of a legal nature, you should consult with an attorney of your choosing about your specific situation.
Trademark and Logo Usage and Display Policy
For Websites and Printed Materials
The Sound Choice trademark is the leading mark of quality in karaoke. Trademarks and service marks like SOUND CHOICE and logos like the Sound Choice Logo (shown in the header above)
help consumers of karaoke tracks and karaoke entertainment services to know that those items are up to the high standards we've set over more than 30 years in business.
Because our products and services are so popular among karaoke patrons, most karaoke professionals want to use them—and the marks that are attached to them—in
order to benefit from the association of their businesses with our reputation for quality. You may be interested in ways that you can incorporate our marks into your
marketing materials, including websites, banners, business cards, social media sites, and other ways of marketing your services. We developed this page to help you
understand, in plain English, what you can and cannot do. These terms are grouped into six principles that govern the use of our marks.
PRINCIPLE 1: The Sound Choice marks belong to us.
Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC is the sole owner of the Sound Choice marks, which include both the word mark "SOUND CHOICE," the familiar Sound Choice
logo, and SOUND CHOICE ENTERTAINMENT. Phoenix also owns the Phoenix marks, which include PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS and the Musical Phoenix logo.
We have obtained various U.S. federal and state trademark and service mark registrations that cover some of these marks, and we are also protected by
common-law rights in the U.S. and other countries that recognize common-law trademark rights. Generally speaking, the Phoenix marks are reserved
for our corporate use, while the Sound Choice marks are used by us and by our licensees.
Because these marks belong to us, we control the ways in which the marks are used. We do that, in part, through a system of licenses. These licenses include,
for example, the Sound Choice Certified KJ program, the Sound Choice GEM Series licensing program, and the Sound Choice Hassle-free Easy Licensing Program (HELP).
We also protect our rights in these marks through litigation against unauthorized users and through other means.
We reserve the right to object to any use of our marks that is inconsistent with our policies, our licensing programs, or our brand image. All of our licensing
agreements require that we continue to have the ability to control the use of our marks.
PRINCIPLE 2: If you are not a licensee, you do not have our permission to use the Sound Choice marks.
agreement, and if you have questions about whether a particular use is authorized, that's the first place you should look. We're also happy to help you figure
out whether a proposed use is already authorized and, if not, whether we can authorize it for you.
However, it is very important for you to understand that if you are not a licensee, you do not have our permission to use the Sound Choice marks. There may be
certain circumstances in which you can legally use our marks without our permission, but those circumstances are normally very limited. You should consult
with an attorney of your choosing to determine whether your proposed use requires our permission. It's also a good idea to check with us beforehand, because
otherwise a difference of opinion could lead to litigation.
Finally, if your license is terminated for any reason, you must immediately stop using the Sound Choice marks, even if you had permission before the license was terminated.
PRINCIPLE 3: There are certain uses of the Sound Choice marks that require our express permission, even if you already have a license.
Unless you have our express, written permission, you may not
- Incorporate or include any of our marks in your company name, product, service name, or domain name;
- Use a name or design that is confusingly similar to any of our marks;
- Use any of our marks on or in connection with any obscene or pornographic materials, any alcohol or tobacco product, or any drug or drug-related paraphernalia;
- Use any of our marks that is disparaging, defamatory, or libelous to Phoenix, any of its products, or any other person or entity;
- Use any of our marks to imply that you have a certain license from us that you don't have, or that you are associated with our company in a way that you are not;
- Use any of our marks to promote your karaoke business, unless you are a current licensee in good standing;
- Use any of our marks falsely to express or imply Phoenix sponsorship, affiliation, certification, approval, or endorsement in relation to your product or service;
- Use any of our marks on or in connection with a website that provides links at which any unlicensed karaoke content may be downloaded or streamed, whether free or for a fee,
and whether that content belongs to us or to anyone else;
- Use any of our marks as a link to any non-Phoenix website;
- Use any of our marks in any manner that violates any law, regulation, or other public policy; or
- Use any of our marks on any audiovisual work other than a bona fide, authorized copy of one of our products.
This is not a comprehensive list of all possible unauthorized uses. Before you use our marks in any new context, you should consider getting our approval to proceed.
PRINCIPLE 4: If you use our marks, you are required to follow certain guidelines about how the marks are used.
If you are otherwise authorized to use the Sound Choice marks in any fashion, you may use the Sound Choice word mark or logo as an indicator of a link from your
website to any of our websites as long as you follow the rules in Principle 3 above.
When using any Sound Choice mark on printed materials or on a website, the mark should be placed on either a solid background or in a section of a graphic that is not
unduly busy. Our preference is that you use the black-and-red version of our logo on a bright white background. If you use a dark background, you should use the
red-and-white version of our logo. Upon request and approval, we may supply you with a monochrome version of our logo to use in contexts where a multi-color logo
is not visually appropriate.
You must not modify, distort, morph, animate, skew, rotate, or add to any of our marks. You must not "scale up" any of our graphics. If you "scale down" any of our
graphics, you must maintain the aspect ratio. Please do not "scale down" any graphic we supply you by more than 25%. If you need a larger or smaller size, please
request one in the size you need.
You must not apply any artistic effects to our logo, including the use of non-approved colors, drop shadows, outlines, outer glows, gradients, or the like. Before
you use any artistic effect or other modification on materials that will be accessible to third parties, you must create an electronic sample, submit it to us, and
obtain our permission before producing the item.
You must not formulate your own graphical versions of any of our marks.
You must not remove, obscure, or alter the circle-R designation (®) from any graphic we supply to you, if it appears. Any scaling you perform must leave the ®
symbol readable without magnification.
When using the word mark SOUND CHOICE (i.e., not in logo format), you should use the ® symbol in a large enough font to be clearly visible as the
"circle-R designation" next to the most prominent use (or, if no use is prominent, on the first appearance) of the mark. It is normally not necessary
to mark subsequent appearances of the mark on the same webpage or marketing piece.
When using the mark, if appropriate, you should also indicate the item to which it applies. For example, rather than saying "I love to sing along to Sound
Choice®" you should say "I love to sing along to Sound Choice®® karaoke tracks."
When using any of our marks on a website or on printed materials, you must include an attribution statement. The attribution statement may be presented in
small type as long as it is legible. The attribution statement typically is included with other legal notices, such as a copyright notice, at the bottom of a
web page or, if in printed material, at the end of the document.
The proper format is:
[Insert alphabetical list of marks used] are registered trademarks or trademarks of Phoenix Entertainment
Partners, LLC. Used by permission.
Word marks such as SOUND CHOICE (the non-logo version) and PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS should be presented in ALL-CAPS in the attribution statement, while logo
marks should be referred to by their name in Title Case. Sample attribution statements appear below:
SOUND CHOICE® and the Sound Choice Logo® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Phoenix Entertainment Partners,
LLC. Used by permission.
SOUND CHOICE ENTERTAINMENT and the Musical Phoenix logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC. Used by permission.
If it is not feasible to include the attribution statement (and if it has not been required in any written Agreement you have with Phoenix), use a
general-purpose attribution statement in a form such as this:
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
PRINCIPLE 5: We will supply authorized users with graphics upon request.
We encourage authorized users to make appropriate uses of our marks in all locations where it makes sense to do so. Because there is a wide range of
possible uses, we are happy to supply you with graphics that are specifically created for what you need. What might work well for a website wouldn't
necessarily work well for a banner, and vice versa.
To request graphics, simply call or email Customer Care with the following information:
(1) The logos you want to use
(2) The type of media where you're going to use them (website, flyer, banner, tabletop card, etc.)
(3) The place where you're going to use them (web address, physical location, etc.)
If you're a licensee, make sure we can identify you. If you're not yet a licensee, please tell us what your plan is for using the logo.
PRINCIPLE 6: Communicate with us about your use of our marks.
Whenever you use our marks, you should tell us about it. If you're putting it on a website, please give us the web address. If you're
using it in print materials, please send us a scanned or photographed version. If you're putting it on a banner you hang at your show, email us
a photo. Communicating with us about the use of our marks, early and often, will help you and us stay on the same page and avoid running into issues.
Always remember that it's better to discuss your uses with us before you print or publish anything involving our marks. That way, you don't have to worry
about costly reprinting or wasted design time.
Finally, by using any Phoenix-owned trademark or logo you agree to be bound by these terms. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change, modify,
add, or remove provisions of these terms at any time, with immediate effect, with or without notice.