When is free music promotion legal in Canada?
When is the free music promotions legal?
A federal judge in Victoria ruled that a free music program that lets users download music and play it on their computer is protected under copyright law, though it’s unclear if the program would be allowed in Canada.
It was a landmark decision in Canada, and the ruling has prompted the industry to push for the country to legalize the program as well.
The ruling came Monday in the Federal Court of Appeal, but it has not yet been put on hold.
In the ruling, Justice Mark MacKinnon said that the program “does not involve a transformative use of copyright law” and that its “primary purpose is to provide a means to enable consumers to listen to music for free.”
The program’s creators, however, argued that it was not transformative, since it was a way to make users download unlimited amounts of music for as little as $10 a month.
In their defence, the program’s creator, FreeMusicTV, said it was only a way for consumers to get access to music when they wanted it, rather than as a subscription to a subscription service.
The court disagreed, ruling that the music promotion program “did not infringe the copyright owner’s copyrights.”
FreeMusic.ca is not allowed in the United States, but in Europe it’s legal to use the program in France, Italy and Portugal.
However, in Canada the program is still banned.
Canada is not alone in allowing music promotion in the country.
The U.S. has some of the strictest copyright law in the world, with a copyright term of 40 years.
In the United Kingdom, where the program has been operating, users must pay a fee to get unlimited access to the program.
In Australia, where it’s been legal, users are required to pay a $20 annual subscription fee, which can be waived if they don’t use the service.