Don't believe the myths.
"You can't sue me because my host is an independent contractor."
As far as the law is concerned, that usually doesn't matter, as long as you participated in or promoted the infringing activity,
or if you knew or should have known about the infringement and benefited from it. The bottom line here is that you have the
right and ability to supervise your contractor's activities, and that makes you responsible for them. We are more than happy to
litigate over that question, but doesn't it make more sense for you to sign up for this free program and cooperate?
"My host says he's legal, and that's good enough for me."
It may well be that your host is a fully legal operator. But if your host lied about that, he or she wouldn't be the first one to do so.
Are you willing to bet your business, or at least having to go through a lawsuit, on trusting your host? Our process allows you to
verify that your host is actually legal and protects you if he or she isn't.
"I already pay ASCAP and BMI, so I'm covered."
It's true that ASCAP and BMI collect performing rights royalties for music publishers. But they don't collect for us. You should continue to
pay these companies the royalties they require. But if you use an unlicensed operator who plays Sound Choice or Chartbuster tracks at your venue, you
can and will be held responsible, whether you pay ASCAP and BMI or not.
As always, if you have concerns, talk to us
. You'll be glad you did.
How Does It Work?
As part of your registration, and every time you hire a new karaoke host, you provide us with contact information for the karaoke operator you hire.
We contact the operator, discuss their potential use of Sound Choice® and Chartbuster Karaoke® tracks, and help them get legal and compliant
if they aren't already. If we're unable to get them compliant (usually because they refuse to do so), we'll notify you and request that you
find another operator—or, if you like, we can help you find someone.