Companies sue local karaoke bars for copyright infringement

Companies sue local karaoke bars for copyright infringement

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some Knoxville-area bars and restaurants are facing lawsuits that claim they've been using pirated material for karaoke.

Two companies - Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Piracy Recovery - are suing karaoke DJs and venues, saying the songs used there were unauthorized or counterfeit and were not paid for.

The plaintiffs claim karaoke discs are often pirated from sources on the internet.

Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Piracy Recovery own the copyright and trademark assets of Big Mama's Karaoke, a Seymour company that, according to the lawsuit, had to lay off 60 workers due to piracy losses.

The lawsuit lists close to 40 defendants including nightspots in Knoxville, Lenoir City and Johnson City.


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