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Federal Court of Appeal holds that ringtone transmissions are communications of musical works to the public

  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
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  • Canada
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  • May 15 2009

In Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the Copyright Board of Canada that Internet transmissions of musical ringtones by wireless telephone and other Internet ringtone suppliers constitute "communications of musical works to the public" within the meaning of section 3(1)(f) of the Copyright Act