Daily Archives:July 14th, 2009

Never send to know for whom the ring tones; it tones for thee

Well, I’m a bit late with this story, but I thought it worth repeating as a great example of the ingenuity of artists (and their lawyers)…

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, is suing AT&T over the phone company’s selling of ringtones. Why, you may ask, would they do that, since they are already paid a share of the download fees?

Well, the download fees are too low, they claim, because they’re based on the idea that the download is for private listening. No, they say, not so! When your phone rings it is a public performance! And the fees should be adjusted accordingly…

More on the story here. Meanwhile, here’s how you can turn any music into an iPhone ringtone using iTunes.

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