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    Canadian Broadcasters Seek Overhaul of Radio Copyright Fees Post-C-11 & Fair Dealing Decisions

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    Tuesday November 20, 2012
    The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has applied to the Copyright Board of Canada for a radical overhaul of the current fees paid by radio stations for commercial radio reproduction of music. The CAB argues that in light of copyright reforms in Bill C-11 and the Supreme Court of Canada's rulings on fair dealing, there is no legal basis for several tariffs proposed by CMRRA-SODRAC (CSI), AVLA, and ACTRA and that the rate on earlier approved tariffs should be significantly reduced.

    The CAB position on the impact of the law is that:

    The result of the changes to the Copyright Act made by the Copyright Modernization Act, when combined with the fair dealing right as applied in ESA, is to eliminate or significantly reduce the liability of radio broadcasters for the reproductions made by them in the course of their broadcasting activities. Even the reproduction collectives agree that the legislative changes alone will eliminate most liability of radio broadcasters for reproductions of music. 


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    CAB To Shut Down

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    Friday February 19, 2010
    The Canadian Association of Broadcasters will shut down in June.  The organization reportedly struggled to find common ground between broadcasters and cable operators.
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    Canadian Association of Broadcasters on Copyright Reform

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    Tuesday September 15, 2009
    The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has posted its copyright consultation submission.  The CAB argues that the ratification of the WIPO Internet treaties should not be the primary driver of new reforms and that user rights are an integral part of Canadian copyright.
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    O'Farrell Leaving the CAB

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    Tuesday December 16, 2008
    Canadian Association of Broadcasters President Glenn O'Farrell has announced that he's stepping down early next year.
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