Karaoke Cloud Music City Summit 2013

2June 20, 2013 Nashville Downtown Hilton

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Introduction and Welcome

by Dr. Hugo Drax, Executive Director, American Disc Jockey Association


Updating the Digital Runway – View Deck

Solutions to Critical Issues Facing the Karaoke Industry; by Joseph Vangieri, Chief Executive Officer, DigiTrax Entertainment

Mr. Vangieri will highlight the most pressing issues facing the industry, as well as offering an outline of solutions to be discussed throughout the Summit.

A serial entrepreneur in the karaoke industry, Mr. Vangieri helmed the company that developed the world’s first karaoke hosting software, and currently directs DigiTrax Entertainment in continuous development of the only legal streaming karaoke service in the USA, Karaoke Cloud.


Reform Sync Licensing Now – View Deck

How Labels and Publishers Can Make More Money and Reduce Overhead, by Natalie Madaj, Legal Fellow, National Music Publishers Association

The National Music Publishers’ Association is the largest U.S. music publishing trade association with over 3,000 members. Its mission is to protect, promote, and advance the interests of music’s creators. The NMPA is the voice of both small and large music publishers, the leading advocate for publishers and their songwriter partners in the nation’s capital and in every area where publishers do business. The goal of NMPA is to protect its members’ property rights on the legislative, litigation, and regulatory fronts.


Sync Licensing In The Global Economy

Contrasting Rights in the US and Abroad, by Allen Jacobi, Allen Jacobi Law

Allen Jacobi is a pioneering entertainment industry attorney who has successfully been able to combine music, motion picture and television into a single career. As the record label president of Pyramid Records, Mr. Jacobi has earned a platinum reputation among musicians and industry insiders, a film attorney working with major studios and independent film makers, and a television industry attorney.


Consumer Demands in the Karaoke Trenches – View Deck

My Customers Don’t Care About Our Problems, They Just Want To Sing, by Hal Kinney, President of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association.

Mr. Kinney is a highly-regarded karaoke host in the Knoxville Metro area, and has often been featured as an industry insider in local media reports. He owns and operates Good Sounds Karaoke as well as hosting the Karaoke USA Forum.


Piracy Interdiction Efforts in the USA – View Deck

Updates on Current Litigation and Strategy, by Kurt Slep, CEO of Slep-Tone Entertainment, and Michael E. “Roby” Robinson, Registered Patent Attorney for Luedeka, Neely & Graham, P.C., for Piracy Recovery, LLC.

Mr. Slep and Mr. HRobinson will update the group on how current efforts to curb rampant piracy of karaoke tracks is progressing. The breakout session includes Q&A.


Adopting Metadata Standards for Karaoke Tracks – View Deck

Helping Publishers and Labels Get Paid Faster, by Toni Roberts, Senior Licensing and Production Coordinator, DigiTrax Entertainment

Ms. Roberts has served the karaoke industry for 15 years, beginning her career with Chartbuster Karaoke. She has personally overseen the production of thousands of karaoke tracks, as well as being directly involved with the research, solicitation and securing of licenses.


Open-Source/Crowd-Source The Karaoke Database – View Deck

A Modest Proposal, by Allen Jacobi, Allen Jacobi Law. Additional comments by Joe Vangieri are included in the breakout section.


Karaoke and Social Media – View Deck

How Social Media Impacts and Enhances the Karaoke Experience, by Jonathan Apostoles, CEO of JoltSoft, makers of Karaoke Anywhere.


Future Tech – Where Karaoke Is Going – View Deck

And How We Can Get It There, by Joseph Vangieri

Question and Answer Period – moderated by Dr. Drax.


Hotel Information

Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 4th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 620-1000

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Background Info

Since the landmark decision in the ABKCO Music, Inc. v Stellar Records case almost a decade ago decreed that karaoke files were audiovisual works, the karaoke industry has been in a tailspin. With tens of millions of dollars under litigation in the intervening years, publishers have come down hard on karaoke companies and their products, exacting fee schedules that have put many of these companies at risk.

In the digital age, music has become as much a commodity as a product. In a market where even major music labels can struggle to monetize their releases, karaoke studios (and the industry that relies on them) are even harder pressed to satisfy dwindling margins, given the additional licensing considerations that karaoke must bear.

Songwriters and publishers deserve to be paid for their work. Karaoke studios and their employees must likewise be compensated, or the industry itself will simply dissolve, move overseas where licensing can be less of an impact on margins, or fly apart into a million hobbyists generating MIDI files in their basements and paying no license fees.

Fabricated CD+G artifacts on which interactive music resides are no longer the primum mobile driving the billion-dollar global revenue of the industry’s heyday. If as The Buggles famously sang, “video killed the radio star”, will we soon stand over the dead body of professionally-produced karaoke while BitTorrent holds a smoking gun, or will the collective industry finally unite to push back against the dangers that threaten its very existence?

About the Logo

The sharp eye will note that this year’s logo is based upon the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, beloved by conspiracy theorists the world over. In place of the All-Seeing Eye we of course have affixed the All-Hearing Ear. Translations of the Latin phrases are “Embrace the Cloud” and “Listen and Sing”.

Media Inquiries

Members of the media may contact us at karaokesummit@gmail.com.