Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Second Circuit Rules Digital Downloads Aren't Public Performances

Yesterday the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that digital downloads of music aren't public performances.  ASCAP had sued Yahoo! and RealNetworks seeking public performance royalties for such downloads, but the Court rejected that claim.  It also ruled with Yahoo! and RealNetworks on a separate issue by reversing the district court's calculation of license fees. 

Techdirt's analysis is here.

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