Canada High Court Disappoints Music Industry

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a major blow to the music industry, which had hoped to be able to sue Internet service providers (ISPs) for royalties on music illegally downloaded via their networks.
In a ruling issued on June 30th, the Court ruled that music composers and music publishers will have to target individual users if they want to extract royalty payments for music illegally downloaded from the Web. The high-profile court case, which follows a disputed ruling in a lower Canadian court, matched the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) against a coalition of Canadian ISPs.

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