Supreme Court Denies ASCAP Appeal In Yahoo Royalty Case

October 10, 2011 -- 2:10 pm PDT

On Oct. 3 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that limits the royalties Internet companies including Yahoo Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. must pay to songwriters for downloaded music. ASCAP filed an appeal to the original ruling, citing costs of millions of dollars per year to its members. The initial ruling came from a federal appeals court in New York that stated that the downloading of a musical work isn't a "public performance" covered under the U.S. copyright laws. The Recording Academy had joined a brief on the side of ASCAP and songwriters asking the court to hear the case.