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Thu Jul 12, 2012, 07:54 PM

Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Copyright fees on Music, Video


The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that Internet providers do not have to pay copyright fees when their consumers download or preview music, and that teachers don't have to pay fees when they photocopy copyrighted materials for their students.

“There is no separate purpose on the part of the teachers in this case. They have no ulterior or commercial motive when providing copies to students,” the court said in its ruling. “They are there to facilitate the students’ research and private study and to enable the students to have the material they need for the purpose of studying.”

Geist suggested the Court’s decision was fair because “when you’re engaged in educational activities whether as a student or as a teacher, fair dealing ought to apply, and so for a certain amount of copies… that’s fair dealing and it doesn’t require compensation.”

Love to see that our court system has not been 'persuaded' by the MAFIAA yet & can still make some sensible decisions.

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