by Mike Masnick
Mon, Dec 27th 2010 8:36am
Remember last year, when ASCAP and BMI suddenly started claiming that the 30-second previews in iTunes and other online music stores should count as public performances for which they should be compensated? Yeah, that didn't get very far, as the courts shut that down quickly. Colin Ross alerts us to the news that up in Canada they're going through something of a similar debate with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada demanding royalties for the 30-second previews. Back in 2007, the Copyright Board in Canada told the group to get lost but it's kept on appealing, and now the Supreme Court is going to hear the case. Hopefully, they took it to shut down this nonsense forever. 30-second previews are the very definition of a promotional good. Demanding payment by claiming they're a public performance goes beyond greed to an insane level of entitlement.
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