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Kristyn Osborn, a member of SHeDAISY, filed a lawsuit against a major karaoke company on June 28.
Osborn, who is filing the suit as songwriter not as a member of the hit group, says she is trying to make an example of MMO Music Group's Pocket Songs division. Allegedly Pocket Songs has committed copyright infringement numerous times and has not responded to requests to correct the violations.
"I'm doing this because of illegal practices. We've made repeated attempts to allow them to correct their practices," Osborn said. She is filing the one-song suit for her hit song "I Will...But" in order to call attention to the karaoke industry's many violations of copyright for numerous artists, and any monies gained through the lawsuit would be donated to charity.
The executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Bert Herbison, claims that this is the first lawsuit filed by a single songwriter against a karaoke giant.
Herbison said in support of the lawsuit: "This is not Napster. We have nothing against karaoke. We're not prohibiting anyone from getting music or adding any cost to the music. But, this is a $25 billion industry and we want it to be legitimate. Some companies pay; many, unfortunately, do not. Many simply steal an artist's work and sell it."
Representatives of Pocket Songs would not comment on the issue.