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Tariff 22 heats up as international groups seek leave to weigh in with court

News | 09/12/2003 4:00 am EDT
Parties both for and against a blanket fee on Internet caches to compensate the music industry for downloaded tunes have asked the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to intervene in the Tariff 22 case. Tariff 22, a proposed tariff on Internet music, faces an uncertain future as the Supreme Court will decide whether to reverse a Federal Court of Appeal decision that the Society of Composers, Artists and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is entitled to collect a tariff on music downloaded from outside the country, and for music stored temporarily in the caches ISPs employ to speed Internet surfing (CNM, April 3/03).

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