#1 Judge: Cellphone Ringtones Are Not Concerts10-18-2009, 01:00 AMA federal judge has dismissed the music industry contention that when a cellphone’s ringtone begins playing, copyright infringement starts happening since others can hear the song, essentially arguing that a mobile phone is a portable concert hall.
That argument meant that millions of mobile phone users were copyright scofflaws anytime anyone called them.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was attempting to wring even more royalties from music lovers, who already pay ringtone royalties when they buy ringtones. Additionally, ASCAP collects royalty payments for public performances of songs from venues as divergent as a summer camp and a stadium. CONTINUEDStand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
10-19-2009, 08:36 AM
It makes me want to go download a Metallica ringtone.
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