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No knockout blows, but signs encouraging for ISPs at Supreme Court showdown

News | 12/04/2003 5:00 am EST
With little more to go on than body language and a few skeptical questions from the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada, hardcore gamblers might still want to place a fin on the Internet service providers (ISPs) in their ongoing battle with the music industry. No knockout blows were scored by either side on December 3 as each made its case for and against ISP licence fees for downloaded music – Tariff 22 – but some pointed queries from the bench seemed to indicate sympathy for the ISPs’ position that artists won’t be denied royalties if an original decision by the Copyright Board of Canada on the matter stands.

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