Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. Bell Canada et al. 2012 SCC 36
Copyright - General - Copyright Act - Interpretation
The Copyright Board found that s. 29 of the Copyright Act (fair dealing for the purpose of research) applied to “previews” (excerpts that were usually 30 seconds or less) of musical works that enabled consumers to decide whether or not to purchase a download of the work. Therefore, the use of such previews did not infringe copyright and did not require the payment of royalties. The applicant sought judicial review.
The Federal Court of Appeal, in a decision reported at (2010), 403 N.R. 57, dismissed the application. The applicant appealed.
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal.