IMAGINE THIS SCENE!
The music’s loud and there’s plenty of high energy pumping
through the drunken crowd of late night party revelers and the publican is
thrilled with the takings so far— UNTIL one of the patrons that has been
quietly watching the evening’s karaoke show unfold; strolls over to the karaoke
host and announces he/she’s an APRAAMCOS representative!
Examining the KJ’s music rig; there is no obvious Music
Rights Australia sticker visible as it should be— the music legality police
then request to see proof of ownership of the karaoke songs played over the
last hour. And asks for details of the music supplier and so on. Bottom line?
Not only is the KJ screwed for non-compliance for not being registered, but any
breaches of music copyright (illegally obtained music / downloads) can result in
fines of up to $60,000 per breach (song).
As it turns out karaoke has been featured at the venue every
week for two years without the correct license fee ever being paid. That amounts to $19.53 x 104 weeks— total of $2031.12 plus any other outstanding charges that may be applicable. On top of that; there is every chance of being prosecuted
under secondary liability for employing a dodgy-KJ!
Due diligence is the word
here— you need to know exactly who you are hiring!
Do your homework & ensure the KJ is registered!