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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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    CRIA Loses Judicial Review of Copyright Board Decision

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    Wednesday October 25, 2006
    The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected a CRIA judicial review request of a Copyright Board decision that required it to notify its (shrinking) list of Class "B" members of its decision to no longer represent them in the CSI online music tariff.

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    deBeer on Mandatory DRM

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    Monday October 09, 2006
    Jeremy deBeer with a must-read post on hidden terms in the CSI online music tariff .
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    CRIA and Private Copying

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    Wednesday September 20, 2006
    CRIA is currently leading a coalition that includes Apple, Bell, Rogers, and Napster in opposing an application for a new tariff for online downloads (I briefly posted on Graham Henderson's appearance before the Copyright Board last week and his startling claim that he had not read Nielson SoundScan data months after he referenced that data in a speech).  The lead statement in the case includes a discussion of private copying, after CSI (the group seeking the tariff) sought compensation for the copies that consumers make from digital downloads.  CSI argues that the recording industry authorizes consumers to make those copies.

    CRIA's response?  They say they do no such thing - "the Online Music Services do not 'authorize' any further reproduction of downloads by the consumer."  Rather, CRIA notes that:
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