Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

How much to pay for a music download?

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that no royalty is payable for downloads (should that be “streaming”?) of those 30 second previews of music. Apparently, it falls with the fair dealing provisions for “research”. The “1709” blog has the story. Meanwhile, last year, the Australian Copyright Tribunal accepted that music download services such as iTunes, Bigpond Music, Sony and Universal should pay composers a royalty of: the higher.. Read More

YouTube and IP

Indications are that Universal Music is now making “tens of millions of dollars” from the use of its music on YouTube. Slightly different outcome to the apparently stalled Viacom approach to social networking sites? Concurrently, there are newspaper reports that the RIAA, famously suing grandparents and 12 years olds, may be changing its litigation strategy. Howard Knopf worries that this might be because “sweet heart” deals are being reached with.. Read More

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