Music Previews Should Be Royalty-Free, Says Top Canada Court

Law360, New York (July 12, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT) -- Music copyright holders should not be allowed to assess royalties when Internet users access brief previews of their songs, saying that such free-of-charge extracts don't harm the song owners' bottom line, Canada's highest court determined on Thursday.

The Supreme Court of Canada rejected an appeal lodged by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada — SOCAN — and other music industry groups seeking to challenge a lower court's decision allowing for free previews of copyrighted audio material, ruling that the previews were a...
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