Saturday, July 04, 2009

Copyright Gone Crazy

This sounds too crazy to be true.
As part of a ploy to squeeze more money out of mobile phone companies, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has told a federal court that each time a phone rings in a public place, the phone user has violated copyright law. Therefore, ASCAP argues, phone carriers must pay additional royalties or face legal liability for contributing to what they claim is cell phone users' copyright infringement.
Emphasis added. More info at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Stray said...

I guess it's time to lock up everyone, everywhere.

A Library Girl said...

I think this is one of the reasons why so many people don't take copyright law seriously - it so often gets used as a justification for greed.