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Judge Rules Ringtones Aren't Performances

Judge Rules Ringtones Aren't Performances

The legal scuffle between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the mobile carriers it sued has come to a close. ASCAP argued that it deserved to collect royalties every time one of its licensed ring tones was played on a Verizon or AT&T phone, claiming the typically twenty second-long sound bits to performances. But a court ruling from US District Judge Denise Cole deemed ASCAP’s argument insubstantial, likening the situation to “demanding royalties when someone plays the radio with the car windows down.” [Daily Swarm]

 

Going after the wireless powers that be is a risky move. Here are some smaller targets ASCAP can pick on next time:

Who do you think ASCAP should sue? Leave your thoughts below.

 

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