Texas Trademark Lawyer Tamera Bennett

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Music Publishers Not Owed Royalty Says Canadian Court

A Canadian Appeals Court ruled that 30-second samples of songs on download websites are not "performances" and are exempt from public performance royalties in Canada. Read more from Billboard.

Are the US performance rights organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC ready to test the waters in the US to see if "previews" available on iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody meet the standard of a "public performance" under the US Copyright Act?