Day: November 14, 2012

SOCAN sued for $15 million refund of ringtones paymentsSOCAN sued for $15 million refund of ringtones payments

Yesterday, Rogers, Telus, Bell and Quebecor commenced an action against the copyright collective SOCAN. In the Federal Court suit Canada’s leading carriers are claiming a refund of all royalties paid to SOCAN under its Tariff 24 (Ringtone) tariffs since November, 2006.

SOCAN’s Ringtone tariffs claimed royalties from mobile service providers which sold ringtones (short excerpts of music works used to indicate incoming calls or text messages on mobile devices) and transmitted them to customers. SOCAN claimed those downloads were communications to the public by telecommunication under Section 3(1)(f) of the Copyright Act,  a right administered by SOCAN.…

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2012-11-14Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2012-11-14

  • CBC liable for copyright infringement in Leuthold v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2012 FC 748 ->

  • Case headed to Supreme Court after judge plagiarizes ruling in multi-million-dollar compensation trial ->
  • Google Said to Face Ultimatum From FTC in Antitrust Talks ->
  • Cyberwarfare Seen Evolving Ahead of Rules of Engagement ->
  • Apple to pay $80,250 in copyright row for sale of encyclopedia from its store ->
  • Chesbro v. Best Buy Stores, L.P.: Court Rejects Defense of “Informational” Calls and finds liability for telemarketing