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That's what Universal Music Group, Aftermath, and Interscope Records want.
The company that discovered Eminem, F.B.T. Prods, was awarded a higher royalty rate on digital downloads and ringtones back in September when they won an appeal to the Ninth Circuit that gave them 50% of royalties on Eminem's music. The rates usually run between 12 and 20%, however because the justices saw digital downloads as "licenses" rather than traditional sales, F.B.T. was awarded more.
So now, UMG wants to take the case to the Supreme Court, filing a writ of certiorari that petitions for a hearing.
According to the petition, UMG wants the Supreme Court to decide on whether or not F.B.T. was allowed to appeal the royalties case in district court after a full jury trial had already taken place.
This would be a first for the music industry as it would help decide on how royalties for digital music would be handled in the future.
What do U think? Should the case be taken to Supreme Court?
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