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ISPs fire reply to SOCAN charge they are responsible for paying music tariffs

News | 10/22/2003 4:00 am EDT

Internet service providers (ISPs) have no control over the content passing through their pipes and thus shouldn’t be liable for copyright payments on music distributed over their networks, says a coalition of ISPs and their industry associations in a written argument to the Supreme Court of Canada. On October 16, the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP), the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA), TELUS Communications Inc., Bell Canada, Aliant Inc., and MTS Communications Inc. jointly filed a reply to an assertion by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) now in front of the Supreme Court that ISPs should pay a blanket licence fee to pay for music available online.

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