Verizon Wireless and AT&T do not need public performance licenses for the ringtones they sell to their customers, a federal judge has ruled.

Noting that the companies already pay licensing fees to download the 30-second snippets of music, Southern District Judge Denise L. Cote in In re Application of Cellco Partnership, 09 civ. 7074, said the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers cannot demand additional royalties for the times the ringtones go off in a public place, such as in a restaurant or at the beach.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]