Kurt Slep outlines the history of pirated karaoke


Kurt Slep, CEO of Slep-Tone Entertainment, spoke at length about how his company is acting to curb piracy, and how extensive the problem is. Some bullet points from his talk include:

  • There are 45,000 karaoke venues, and most have not yet been investigated.
  • Reporting piracy is easy – visit soundchoice.com to do so.
  • KJ/Venues who settle their suits get solutions that allow them to continue operations.
  • Lawsuits seem to drive sales, based on the numbers. Slep-Tone would prefer not to base their business model on suing people.
  • Publishers – please help us prosecute the pirates using abandon-ware.
  • There are affordable solutions – KJs don’t have to steal their music to stay competitive.

For more on Kurt’s talk, check back with us after the Summit has concluded.

5 thoughts on “Kurt Slep outlines the history of pirated karaoke

  1. Kurt Slep DOES base his business model on suing. Indeed it appears to be his only goal and ongoing endeavor. Kurt Slep is a horrible influence in the market. Simply examine selectatrack.com and see dozens of legitimate karaoke manufacturers who adapted to changes in technology WITHOUT suing their loyal paying customers. Did Kurt Slep use customers lists to find people to sue? The evidence would suggest YES! Is Kurt Slep still suing people from his customer list today? The evidence seems to say YES! Slep is slime. It is my hope that Slep stops suing his customers.

    • Jared: Select-A-Track may not be the paragon of legality you assume. Looking at the list of songwriters who don’t allow sales of their songs as karaoke into the United States and what that company is offering for sale into the US, it would seem prima fascie that they are in violation of American copyright law.

      Neither condoning nor condemning Sound Choice, but if you found your “customers” were paying you for some things but robbing you blind on others, how would you react? If Kurt had the advantage of knowing some data about these people because they’d purchased some things from him, I don’t see it as any different than a convenience store leveraging the fact a hold-up guy used his credit card for a minor purchase prior to pulling a gun.

  2. Karaoke piracy is nothing new in Quebec (Canada) I was at a local pub in Montreal a few weeks ago and spotted Schwin-tech Karaoke at this little sketchy bar called PJ. I grabbed his huge book of songs and signed up for a song and noticed that all of his songs are from his laptop with a soundchoice logo that appeared on the screen about downloading is illegal which was obvious what this KJ did. Still I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, so I liked his facebook page to see that he has several shows all over montreal, even 3 shows at the exact same time, which I am guessing if you don’t own 3 exact copies of the same CD (or in the case, digital download) then it is against copyright laws.

    Then I took a trip to a bar close by PJ called Rumors Lounge, where another KJ was running this show who seemed to have the exact same style book, and the exact same songs in the book, also running the shows off of a laptops. Is there any honest karaoke host in Quebec?

  3. First of all getting your facts straight about the business selectatrack and how they acquired the rights to the music they are selling should be a priority before slamming them. Additionally, knowing more about Kurt Slep might be good as well. Jared sounds like he got burned and is bitter to me. How exactly would Jared react if it were his product and he was not making any money because others decided to duplicate and sell it or give it away? What would he do? I also believe that people are buying tracks from Selectatrack and Tricerasoft and duplicating them and using them at multiple shows anyhow in the US. Because they can get away with it. I am not convinced that any of them are not suffering losses due to piracy.

    • Patricia: There are no rights to acquire to the songwriters on the no-fly list. They are forbidden in the USA. Period, full stop, end of story. Anyone selling songs by these songwriters in the USA is violating copyright law. Selectatrack cannot have acquired the rights to sell these songs in the USA, because those rights are unobtainable. Period, full stop, end of story.

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