Supreme Court Rejects Internet Download Case

Supreme Court Rejects Internet Download Case

Supreme Court Rejects Internet Download Case
The Supreme Court today declined to review an appeal by ASCAP regarding a ruling that a traditional digital download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance of the musical work under federal copyright law. The court ruled in favor of a section of the Copyright Act that states that to perform a work means to "recite, render, play, dance, or act it either directly or by means of any device or process." The court ruled that music is neither "recited, rendered no played when a recording (electronic or otherwise) is simply delivered to a potential listener." ASCAP appealed the Supreme Court, stating that its ruling has implications on the U.S. music industry, costing its members millions of dollars in potential royalties each year, and argued that digital downloads are public performances for which copyright owners must be compensated. (10/3)

Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter To Honor Alan Menken
Ten-time GRAMMY-winning composer Alan Menken will be honored with the 2011 Maestro Award at the The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. Taking place Oct. 24–25 in Los Angeles, the conference will include a schedule of panels featuring music supervisors, directors, music editors, songwriters, composers, and producers. Other composers set to participate during the conference include Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, GRAMMY winner Mark Isham, Trevor Morris, and Christopher Young. (10/3)

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