After a complaint from BPI, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has begun an investigation against UK people who have made unlicensed karaoke available on the internet.
In 2015 three men from the UK have been caught by Police after uploading many karaoke tracks online. Men explained that it was only to create their own karaoke tracks, that weren’t commercially available. They formed Karaoke RG (KRG) to uploading and distributing karaoke tracks online, including big stars such as Kayne West, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. KRG account on KickassTorrents alone had around 2,150 uploads.
Karaoke companies Sunfly Karaoke and Digitop claimed that the group’s activities caused a loss of £485,000 and £29,593 respectively.
After two and half year PIPCU reports that one of the members KRG, Steve Mather, has been handed an eight-month suspended. (ns.)