Four of Britain's biggest karaoke firms face ruin as US courts hit them with a half-BILLION pound copyright infringement bill
- Four of Britain's biggest karaoke firms have been given a £527million bill
- SBI Global, Mr Entertainer, Zoom Entertainments and Music Factory failed to pay royalties in the US
- A judge in Nashville, Tennessee, ruled they have to pay back Sony and EMI
- The huge bill could bankrupt the bill, with one boss calling it 'farcical'
Four of Britain's biggest karaoke firms have been hit with a half-billion pound bill that could ruin them for failing to pay royalties in the US - despite paying them in the UK and Europe.
SBI Global, Mr Entertainer, Zoom Entertainments and Music Factory recreate songs without the vocal track to be used during karaoke.
A judge in Nashville, Tennessee, ruled that none of the firms had permission to sell the songs in the US as they failed to pay royalties to record labels Sony and EMI.
A judge in Nashville, Tennessee, handed four leading British karaoke firms a £527m bill for failing to pay royalties in the US. The fine could bankrupt the firms
The firms, as well as former Canada-based website TriceraSoft that they used to sell the songs, have been ordered to pay £527million in damages, with a further £870,000 to cough up in legal costs.
Insiders told the Sun that the costs could bankrupt the UK firms.
Gary Oates, Mr Entertainer boss, called the decision 'farcical', and plans to appeal.
The firms recreate songs without the vocals and sell them on for use during karaoke. Gary Oates, Mr Entertainer boss, called the decision 'farcical', and plans to appeal
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