San Diego-based Bertrand Music Enterprises is the latest high-profile subject of a lawsuit in the continuing crackdown against illegally distributed karaoke tracks, according to an article published Wednesday (March 26) by the Nashville Business Journal.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing and affiliates have filed the lawsuit through the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee claiming that Bertrand sold and distributed thousands of karaoke tracks without first obtaining a licensing agreement.
While no numerical specifics have been reported, we do know that Sony/ATV, which is co-owned by the estate of Michael Jackson, has filed for an injunction, an unspecified amount in damages and profit loss, and separate statutory damages.
Public records show that the New York-based Sony/ATV has filed several claims against karaoke distributors in recent years, all centered around copyright issues. Bertrand Music Enterprises has yet to comment on the case.
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