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LaFrance on Music Downloads as Reproductions Rather than Public Performances

In a significant loss for music performing rights organizations, the Second Circuit held in United States v. ASCAP , 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 19983 (2d Cir. Sept. 28, 2010) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ], that digital downloads...

Supreme Court Tightens the Lid on Internet Music Royalties; Refuses to Hear Copyright Case Involving Music Downloads and Public Performances

Internet companies rejoice! Composers, songwriters and lyricists commiserate! On Monday, the Supreme Court denied the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) petition for certiorari and let stand the 2 nd Circuit's holding that Internet music downloads do not amount...

Divided High Court: Aereo’s Internet Transmissions Constitute Public Performances

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A U.S. Supreme Court majority today found that the Internet transmission of copyrighted broadcast television programs provided by Aereo Inc. constitute public performances per the “transmit clause” of the Copyright Act, reversing the Second Circuit...