Court Tells Karaoke Co. To Sing A Different Tune

Law360, New York (January 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision that karaoke machine makers cannot print or display song lyrics by merely obtaining a compulsory license from the copyright holder or by citing the fair-use doctrine.

In a decision handed down Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the district court was right to dismiss a karaoke device maker's complaint and did not abuse its discretion when it didn't allow the plaintiff to amend the complaint.

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