Back in June we let you know that the ASCAP was suing AT&T for royalties every time a ringtone was played. Their reasoning was that playing a ringtone in public was a “Public Performance” of the music and AT&T owed them for those performances.
Luckily the federal judge hearing the case realized this was a idiotic argument and ruled that it does not constitute a public performance because carriers do not control when a ringtone plays or expect any revenue from the performance.
So what do you think? Is this whole argument from the music industry yet another cry for help or is it actually a valid argument?