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Canadian Supreme Court rules no separate copyright fee for iTunes previews, game downloads


The Canadian Supreme court ruled on two copyright cases that affect music previews in iTunes and video game downloads. According to a report in Paid Content, the Court upheld the Copyright Board's decision that the 30- to 90-second audio previews in iTunes do not constitute a public performance and do not require a copyright payment to the music industry.

The Court also reversed a Copyright Board decision that a game download was a public performance of the music in the game and required a separate copyright payment. The Court chastised the music industry for trying to double-dip as game makers already pay fees to include the music in the game.

You can read both the iTunes and the video game download descisions on the Supreme Court of Canada's website.

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