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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