Digital Music, Copyright Infringement, and the Fair Use Doctrine

Internet sites offering music services must obtain a license and pay royalties for the copyrighted works played. Indeed, it is now well-known that Websites that offer copyrighted digital music without securing permission from the copyright holders face litigation and statutory fines. The court in RIAA v. is another example of online music services found infringing US copyright laws, and an online music case where defendant asserted the fair use doctrine as defense.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Who were the parties and the facts underlying the case?
What did the court determine?


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