Supreme Court Scraps Some Copyright Fees

Online music stores will not have to pay royalties on song previews to publishers and songwriters, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday as part of a series of decisions on copyright.

Song previews on digital stores like Apple’s iTunes, which usually last about 30 seconds, were determined by the Copyright Board as “research” in 2007, and thus did not infringe copyright and warrant royalties. The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) appealed this decision to the Supreme Court, but were not successful.

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