On May 1, 2002, the Federal Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada ("SOCAN") v. Canadian Association of Internet Providers et al., 2002 FCA 166. With a few exceptions, the Court generally upheld the Copyright Board of Canada’s disposition of SOCAN’s application to establish a compulsory royalty scheme covering the communication of music over the Internet. In the course of doing so, the Court provided much-needed guidance with respect to the application of Canadian copyright law to the Internet, including the liability of Internet intermediaries.

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