Los Angeles – Canada’s federal
appellate court has ruled that online music services do not have to pay
performance royalties on 30-second streaming song samples, Billboard reports.
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) had
sought a ruling that narrowly defined "research" as a fair use for copyrighted
song samples in terms of academic research, while the court concluded that "research"
includes window shopping.
A similar decision allowing royalty-free 30-second
samples was reached last year by the Copyright Board of Canada.