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.