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'Everyone loses out' on karaoke ban, says Guildford producer

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'Everyone loses out' on karaoke ban, says Guildford producer

Published at 8:36am 25th October 2017. (Updated at 9:14am 25th October 2017)

A Guildford karaoke producer says an apparent 'ban' on certain songs being performed on karaoke could have a massive impact on his company.

More than 100 bands and performers are reportedly not issuing new licences for their music.

Fans have been left devastated as songs among the banned list include Adele's 'Hello', Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and U2's 'With or Without You'.

Gary Oates is from Mr Entertainer, a company in Normady which produce karaoke and soundalike versions of popular music.

He tells Eagle it is not just them who is set to lose out: "It's going to affect us, but then you've got to think about the other guys who earn a living from karaoke.

"This includes the mobile dj's, the venues, then of course the biggest one is the end users.

"The fans are the ones who are going to miss out the most."

"It is bad news for us, it's going to limit what we can do so it will be hard.

"The one thing to remember for people who have previously purchased the music legally, they'll still be able to use it. Those songs will still be being sung, we just won't be able to supply them anymore going forward.

"A lot of these songs are from old artists who haven't recorded new material in decades.

"Putting a ban on that now really makes you wonder, because the songs will still get sung but if people can't purchase them legally they're just going to go to illegitimate sources. Everyone in the chain loses out, it makes no sense." 

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