For nearly 100 years, performing rights organizations have tracked the music played on the radio, then the television, and now the internet. Their goal: to figure out who should get paid.
Funny thing about ringtones: A royalty's paid every time one's downloaded, but the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers wanted royalties paid every time one is played, claiming that it's a public performance. A federal judge says nope.
Dear music industry: go fuck yourself.