UK-based karaoke torrenting site Karaoke World has been shut down by the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) after a referral from collecting society PRS for Music. The site had a catalogue of karaoke files in the tens of thousands without a licence, and charged between £5 and £90 for VIP memberships to its site.
A 46 year-old man from Dewsbury was arrested as part of the investigation. It’s one of the most high-profile actions against a karaoke site, rather than a regular music torrents site. “PRS for Music’s Anti-Piracy Unit is committed to actively pursuing those who use our songwriters’ and composers’ repertoire without permission, particularly the operation of online music services without the necessary licensing,” said the society’s head of litigation, enforcement and anti-piracy Simon Bourn.