Journal Article

‘Alternative’ music obtained from free download music websites does not entitle SGAE to claim royalties

Ives Jadraque

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 3, issue 4, pages 220-221
Published in print April 2008 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jiplp/jpn010
‘Alternative’ music obtained from free download music websites does not entitle SGAE to claim royalties

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Proof that the music played in a public establishment is obtained from free download music websites, considered together with other factors such as the fact that the establishment is a non-profit making cultural entity and that the music played is exotic and unknown— which the Court describes as ‘alternative’ music—is sufficient to avoid the infringement of the public communication copyright, even if it has not been proved that all the songs played have been downloaded from the websites in question.

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Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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