The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has backed last year’s decision by the Copyright Board of Canada that 30-second preview samples of music tracks do not require performance royalties to be paid. The court decided that the preview clips used by digital music stores qualify as ‘fair dealing’ under the Canadian Copyright Act – similar to fair use elsewhere. The appeal had been made by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). Canada isn’t the only country where this issue has been controversial: iin the US, publishers and performing rights bodies have been grumbling about the lack of royalties from such clips. Source: Billboard

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