Sybersound Records, Inc. Attacks Piracy In Karaoke Industry
Sybersound Records, Inc., an artist-run record company based in Malibu, California, has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court and Ontario Superior Court in Canada, seeking more than $200 million in damages arising from music piracy by karaoke record manufacturers.
Sybersound produces high-quality recordings for home-market karaoke use, under product lines known as "Party Tyme Karaoke" and "Billboard Top 10 Karaoke." Sybersound obtains karaoke synchronization licenses from publishers for all of the songs released on its albums and pays royalties for all units sold.
The lawsuits allege that Sybersound's competitors have failed, unlawfully, to license competing karaoke records, and have underreported sales to publishers as a way of selling product below cost and undercutting Sybersound's pricing. These below-cost sales amount to unfair trade practices, according to the suit.
"This has plagued the karaoke business for a long time," said Jan Stevens, President and CEO of Sybersound. "We've always been scrupulous about paying writers for the use of their songs, and have expected that our competitors would do the same. It's time for the rest of the industry to do the right thing, and we hope that our lawsuit will help make this happen."
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