Canada Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Online Music Royalties

Law360, New York (December 3, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Canadian association representing music composers and publishers Wednesday asked the Supreme Court of Canada to compel internet service providers to compensate them for lost royalties resulting from online music.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, a copyright group, asked Canada’s highest court to implement a blank tariff to allow it to collect as much as 10% of the annual revenues of Canada's internet providers, estimated at C$1.3 billion in 2001.

The tariff model has been used for the past three years...
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