ASCAP Fights For Online Music Fees Before 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (March 3, 2010, 4:32 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard a copyright case brought by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers that could determine whether the group can charge fees on music downloaded by customers of RealNetworks Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments from both sides on whether downloading an electronic file containing a sound recording of a copyrighted musical work constitutes performing the work publicly within the meaning of the Copyright Act.

“The panel was obviously very...
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