Verizon Ring Tones Not Public Performances: Judge

Law360, New York (October 15, 2009, 2:36 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that Verizon Wireless does not need a public performance license for the songs it provides as ring tones to customers, granting the cell phone service provider summary judgment in its copyright dispute with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers.

Judge Denise L. Cote of in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found Wednesday that Verizon is neither directly nor secondarily liable for public performances of musical works when customers play ring tones on their...
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