Sirius won a major victory in the New York Court of Appeals (an oddly named court that's actually New York state's highest court). The state's justices voted 4-2 to reverse the lower court, finding that there was no "public performance" right under New York common law. "This win is important to all the AM/FM radio stations, college radio, small webcasters in New York, and even businesses like restaurants," said Mitch Stoltz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in an interview with Ars. "They're not going to have yet another collective licensing agency knocking at their door and asking for royalties. This is policy-making done right. We can't just create new rights at the drop of a hat."
Wednesday, December 21, 2016