Sara Bannerman reports from day one at the Copyright Board of Canada's Tariff 22 hearings (more on Tariff 22 in my recent column on webcasting) noting that SOCAN opened the proceedings by reducing proposed tariffs for amateur podcasters, community and campus radio stations, and simulcasters. The new SOCAN proposals are:
- for amateur podcasters whose programming is less than 20 percent music and who have no revenue, SOCAN proposed a $60 annual fee
- they reduced their proposed $200 monthly fee for campus and community radio to a $90 monthly fee
- they now propose that a low-use category be made available for simulcasters
The hearings run for the next couple of weeks with appearances from SOCAN, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Apple, CRIA, and the Entertainment Software Alliance, among others. A decision on the tariff is not expected until later this year.