Friday, June 19, 2009

Outrageous RIAA settlement (actually, judgment) reported; ASCAP wants royalties on ringtones you buy!

Here’s a crazy result. A jury in Minneapolis has determined that a woman must pay 1.92 million for sharing 24 songs over the Kaaza P2P network. This is all the more silly because the RIAA had stopped going after individuals in December, but among the outstanding cases the price of settlement will surely go up. The AP story is by Chris Williams and was reproduced on AOL Friday, here, but seems to be no longer on AP itself.

These litigation events would start with unexpected phone calls, dunning for settlements.

Then Fred von Lohmann on EFF reports that ASCAP wants to be paid for cell phone ringtones, here. EFF points out that this is an incorrect application of the unauthorized “public performance” principle.

. The limitations on the application of the copyright law is here.

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