Posted by: cinnamonlaw | October 22, 2009

Can Music Licensing Get Anymore Ridiculous?

As the Performance Rights Act moves forward in Congress to the dismay of radio station owners across the country, there was another move afoot by the music industry. It seems ASCAP decided to sue Verizon claiming that the $0.24 it receives per ring tone download from Verizon is not enough. The playing of the ringtone by a Verizon subscriber when his or her phone rings constitutes a “public performance” so ASCAP should receive ANOTHER $0.24. Thankfully, the Court disagreed. I wonder how long until recording artists will be looking for money from cell phone subscribers for having ringtones of their songs? Which brings my question — how many times does a person have to pay for a particular song or worse….his or her favorite 15 seconds of a song??

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