CRIA Won’t Spare a Dime for Canadian Creative Community

Professor Geist’s regular Toronto Star (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) column focuses on a recent application for a new Canadian copyright tariff on ringtones. The application by copyright collective SOCAN has generated some surprising opposition, with the Canadian Recording Industry Association actively opposing the request for ten cents per ringtone. CRIA, which questions whether composers are entitled to any compensation for ringtones, argues that the proposed tariff is excessive, unwarranted and unreasonable and that the royalties are neither fair nor equitable.
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