Canadian Songwriters Want Money from ISPs

By Deane Barker on December 4, 2003

Canada songwriters eye royalties from ISPs: There’s some tenuous logic going on here.

Canada’s songwriters sought to require that Internet service providers pay for their users’ music downloading habits in a case that could generate millions of dollars in music royalties.

In the case Canada’s Supreme Court heard Wednesday, the 70,000-member Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada also wants to extend the nation’s copyright law beyond its borders by applying it to offshore Web sites that serve Canadians.

[…] SOCAN argues that everyone is downloading music, so all ISPs should pay a blanket royalty fee.