Major Labels Forced To Pay For Canadian Copyright Infringement

    Here’s a pot-kettle-black situation for the major labels in Canada: A Canadian court ruled this week that Sony Canada, EMI Canada, Warner Canada, and Universal Canada are all guilty of copyright infringement stemming from a 2008 case that alleged that the labels were selling 300,000 song titles in Canada without ever securing the licenses for the songs. The labels allegedly set up a fund of $50 million to pay if the artists decided to sue. It turns out they had to pay less than that: the judge ruled they have to pay $47.5 million. So, in case you’re keeping score at home: It’s okay to sell songs without asking for permission as long as you have enough money to pay off the right parties. [DS]