Too drunk to karaoke – Jimmy Buffett and Toby Keith

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It’s been hours since you signed up to sing. You were ready to rock the faces off everyone in the place, but the waiting list was… long. While you’ve been waiting for your turn in the rotation, you’ve had a drink. Or two. Or a few. And now the KJ is calling your name…

It’s more common that perhaps we care to admit, and thanks to Jimmy Buffett and Toby Keith, it’s now immortalized in song. The video won’t embed in WordPress, so go see it now, courtesy of Country Music Television.

“Born In The USA” – but not legal here.

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Bruce Springsteen, one of the most iconic American musicians (and categorically patriotic songwriters) doesn’t want America singing his songs for karaoke. Yet while Springsteen refuses to let American fans sing his songs, he licenses them freely abroad.

“Springsteen stands in front of the American flag on his album cover, and sings about making a home in ‘America Land,’ and yet refuses to license his music to allow fans to sing karaoke versions of his songs here in America,” Karaoke Cloud CEO Joseph Vangieri remarked regarding the apparent contradiction between Springsteen’s patriotism and American karaoke ban.

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Bon Jovi, won’t you please come home?

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In the wake of the Karaoke Cloud Summit, the music industry is questioning the judgment of songwriters like Bon Jovi, for banning his songs to be sung as karaoke tracks in America, despite their widespread availability and use outside the United States.

“When you think of American rock legends, Bon Jovi is near the top of the list, but he refuses to license his songs for karaoke use in the United States. It’s ironic,” Karaoke Cloud CEO Joseph Vangieri said regarding the rock and roller’s karaoke ban.

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Lawsuits open fire against karaoke piracy in Knoxville

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World Wide Digital Entertainment, LLC and Piracy Recovery, LLC, have opened fire in the first of what promises to be a long series of lawsuits, alleging copyright and trademark infringement by 37 hotels, taverns, bars, restaurants and individual KJs, in two separate legal actions in the Knoxville and Tri-Cities metro areas. The full story with video (sorry, no embed) on the WATE-TV website can be found here.

These suits mark the first foray by the two companies into the seemingly-endless series of legal actions aimed at curbing the spread of pirated karaoke. The psychology of the effort seems pretty clear-cut – it’s basically the carrot and the stick, or more specifically, the carrot or the stick.

As cheap as it is to access huge libraries, and either tether them to a system or stream them on demand, it is getting more and more difficult to understand the attractions (and risks) of pirating karaoke.