Supreme Court rejects music download case

ASCAP argues its members will suffer losses in royalties

In declining to review a lower court’s ruling on illegal downloads Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially said that under the federal copyright law, the downloading of music does not constitute a public performance of the work.

The non-profit organization American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) had argued in a suit that digital downloads were equivalent to public performances and therefore protected under federal copyright laws. It filed an appeal to the Supreme Court after a New York appeals court said that a download doesn’t fall within the law’s definition of a public performance of that work.

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