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U.S. v. ASCAP (2d Cir. Sept. 28, 2010)

U.S. v. ASCAP (2d Cir. Sept. 28, 2010)

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Second Circuit affirms ruling that a download of a digital music file is not a public performance.
Second Circuit affirms ruling that a download of a digital music file is not a public performance.

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Published by: Andrew Pequignot on Sep 28, 2010
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United States v. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers et al.
March 3, 2010 Decided:
September 28, 2010)6Docket Nos. 09-0539-cv (L), 09-0542-cv (con), 09-0666-cv (xap),7 09-0692-cv (xap), 09-1572-cv (xap)8-----------------------------------------------------x910UNITED STATES of AMERICA,1112Plaintiff-Appellee,1314-- v. --1516AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND17PUBLISHERS,1819Defendant-Appellant-Cross-Appellee,2021In the matter of Applications of22REALNETWORKS, INC., YAHOO! INC.,2324Applicants-Appellees-Cross-Appellants.252627-----------------------------------------------------x2829B e f o r e :JACOBS, Chief Judge, WALKER and LIVINGSTON,30Circuit Judges.31American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers32(“ASCAP”) appeals the district court’s ruling that a download of33a digital file containing a musical work does not constitute a34public performance of that work. Yahoo! Inc. and RealNetworks,35Inc. (collectively, the “Internet Companies”) cross-appeal the36district court’s assessment of the fees for the blanket licenses
1they seek to perform musical works in the ASCAP repertory.2We affirm the district courts ruling that a download of a3musical work does not constitute a public performance of that4work, but we vacate the district court’s assessment of fees for5the blanket ASCAP licenses sought by the Internet Companies and6remand for further proceedings in light of this opinion.7AFFIRMED in part, VACATED in part, and REMANDED.8CATHERINE E. STETSON (Joshua D.9Hawley, Hogan & Hartson LLP,10Washington, DC, Ira M. Feinberg,11Chava Brandriss, Hogan & Hartson12LLP, New York, NY, Christopher J.13Glancy, I. Fred Koenigsberg, Stefan14M. Mentzer, White & Case LLP, New15York, NY, Joan M. McGivern, Richard16H. Reimer, Christine A. Pepe,17ASCAP, New York, NY on the brief),18Hogan & Hartson LLP, Washington, DC19for Defendant-Appellant-Cross-20Appellee.2122THOMAS P. LANE (Michael S. Elkin,23Robert C. Turner on the brief),24Winston & Strawn LLP, New York, NY25for Applicant-Appellee-Cross-26Appellant Yahoo! Inc.2728KENNETH L. STEINTHAL (Jonathan29Bloom, Gregory Silbert, Harris30Cohen on the brief), Weil, Gotshal31& Manges LLP, New York, NY for32Applicant-Appellee-Cross-Appellant33RealNetworks, Inc.3435NICHOLAS BAGLEY (Tony West,36Assistant Attorney General, Philip37J. Weiser, Deputy Assistant38Attorney General, Scott R.39McIntosh, Attorney, Appellate40Staff, Civil Division, Department41of Justice, Catherine G.
1OSullivan, David Seidman,2Attorneys, Appellate Section,3Antitrust Division, Department of4Justice, Washington, DC on the5brief), Attorney, Appellate Staff,6Civil Division, Department of7Justice, Washington, DC for United8States.910MICHAEL E. SALZMAN(Marvin L.11Berenson, Joseph J. DiMona, John12Coletta, Broadcast Music, Inc., New13York, New York on the brief),14Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP, New15York, New York for Amicus Curiae16Broadcast Music, Inc.1718KEENAN POPWELL (John C. Beiter,19Zumwalt, Almon & Hayes PLLC,20Nashville, Tennessee on the brief),21SESAC, Inc., New York, New York for22Amicus Curiae SESAC, Inc.2324DAVID LEICHTMAN (Hillel I. Parness,25Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi26LLP, New York, New York, W. Edward27Bailey, Eleanor M. Lackman, Lovells28LLP, New York, New York, David29Uwemedimo, Confederation30Internationale des Societes31dAuteurs et Compositeurs, Neuilly32sur Seine, France on the brief),33Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi34LLP, New York, New York for Amicus35Curiae Confederation Internationale36des Societes dAuteurs et37Compositeurs.3839JAY COHEN (Lynn B. Bayard, Paul,40Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison41LLP, New York, New York, Jay42Rosenthal, Kathryn E. Wagner,43National Music Publishers44Association, Inc., New York, New45York on the brief), Paul, Weiss,46Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP,47New York, New York for Amici Curiae48Association of Independent Music

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