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Supreme Court denies leave in satellite radio copyright caseSupreme Court denies leave in satellite radio copyright case



Yesterday the Supreme Court denied CSI’s motion for leave to appeal in the CSI v Canadian Satellite Radio Inc. case. The result leaves standing the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in Sirius Canada Inc. v. CMRRA/SODRAC Inc., 2010 FCA 348. This decision dismissed two judicial review applications from the Copyright Board’s decision released in April, 2009.

The decision of the Federal Court of Appeal contained several important copyright rulings. In particular the Court ruled that:

  • When an entity provides a service for use with its own designed and manufactured devices e.g.,

Federal Court of Appeal decides the Satellite Radio JRsFederal Court of Appeal decides the Satellite Radio JRs



The Federal Court of Appeal released its reasons for decision in two judicial review applications from the Copyright Board’s decision released of April, 2009. Both JR applications were dismissed.

The decision contains several important copyright rulings. In particular:

  • When an entity provides a service for use with its own designed and manufactured devices e.g., a satellite radio service and radio receiving set, and the use of the device with the service will necessarily result in automatic copying of the content by the user, the provider of the service (in this case XM and Sirius), can  be liable for the copying which occurs on the device under a theory of authorization.