Modernizing the Copyright Board

The Copyright Board has published a status update on its Modernization Initiative

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Copyright Board Rules of Practice and Procedure

The Copyright Board Rules of Practice and Procedure are now in effect.

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2022-2023 Annual Report

The Copyright Board has published its 2022-2023 Annual Report.

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Recent Decisions

See tariffs recently approved by the Copyright Board.

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What's New

A Message from the Chair of the Copyright Board

February 22, 2024

It is with great pleasure that I inform you of the appointment of our current Vice-Chair and CEO, Ms. Nathalie Théberge, to the position of Vice-Chairperson, Broadcasting of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). This appointment, announced today by the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will take effect on April 3, 2024.

Ms. Théberge has played an exceptional role within our Board, significantly contributing to our mission. Her departure is a loss for us but also a well-deserved recognition of her skills and dedication to the field of copyright.

We sincerely thank her for her dedication and wish her the very best in her new role at the CRTC. We are confident that she will continue to bring her passion and expertise to serve the Canadian creative industries.

Thank you again and I look forward to continuing to work together for the promotion and protection of copyright.

Sincerely,

Honourable Luc Martineau
Chair of the Copyright Board

More information here.

Accessibility at the Copyright Board of Canada

January 29, 2024

The Board's Raphael Solomon chatted with Canada's Chief Accessibility Officer about his journey with autism in the workplace. See how the removal of barriers enabled him to embrace his strengths & enrich our corporate culture.

Talking Accessibility: Making it Work

Modernizing the Registry

December 19, 2023

To deliver on its commitment to greater transparency and better access to justice, the Board developed a new suite of user-centered solutions which together, enhance and modernize its registry services.
 
Click here to see how the Board is working to support the Canadian copyright marketplace and stay tuned as we detail the product suite in the new year.

Proposed Tariffs for the Years 2025 and Beyond

December 18, 2023

This year collective societies filed 23 proposed tariffs for the years 2025 and beyond. The Board published the proposed tariffs on November 15, 2023. You can consult the proposed tariffs here. The deadline to file an objection to any of the proposed tariffs was December, 15, 2023. The Board received 79 objections. 

Next Steps

By February 15, 2024, the Board will notify the collective societies that filed the proposed tariffs and any person or entity that filed an objection whether it will hold a hearing or not in respect of each proposed tariff. 

Annual Report 2022-2023

October 19, 2023

As per section 66.9 of the Copyright Act, the Copyright Board of Canada’s 2022-2023 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament by the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne. For more information on the Board’s activities this year, click here.

Copyright Board Issues New Practice Notices

June 27, 2023

The Board has issued three new practice notices to provide additional guidance in meeting the requirements set out in the Copyright Board Rules of Practice and procedure: SOR/2023-24:

  • [PN 2023-010] Practice Notice on Changing the Status of a Party
  • [PN 2023-011] Practice Notice on Interrogatory Process
  • [PN 2023-012] Practice Notice on Filing of Statement of Issues to be Considered

Copyright Board of Canada Accessibility Plan 2023-2025

June 27, 2023

The Copyright Board has published its 2023-2025 Accessibility Plan, which reflects the Board's goal to identify, remove, and proactively prevent barriers across a number of priority areas in the workplace. To learn more about the Plan and ways to provide feedback to the Board on accessibility issues, click here.

Status Update on Modernization Initiative

May 18, 2023

The Copyright Board has published a status update on its Modernization Initiative launched in 2019.

The first Phase of the Modernization Initiative focused on Board operations to allow for the implementation of recent amendments made to the Copyright Act and the new obligation to render its decisions within 12 months of deliberation. This reform deals with concerns regarding the efficiency, predictability and transparency of Board practices previously voiced by stakeholders. It also positions the Board to continue to serve the public interest, and improve access to justice in the copyright marketplace.

In a second phase, the Board will focus on consolidating the results of its operational reforms, while engaging stakeholders and its other partners in a broader reflection on the best ways for the Board to support a competitive and fair copyright marketplace in Canada in the future.

Read Modernizing the Copyright Board: Status Update

Recent Decisions

Television Retransmission Tariff (2014-2018) - Redetermination

Reasons (2024 CB 1) January 12, 2024

Approved Tariff (2024 CB 1-T) January 13, 2024

 

Re:Sound Tariff 8 - Non-Interactive and Semi-Interactive Streaming (2013-2018)

Reasons (2023 CB 12) December 1, 2023 

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 12-T) December 2, 2023 

SOCAN Tariff 21 – Recreational Facilities Operated by a Municipality, School, College, University, Agricultural Society or Similar Community Organizations (2023-2025)

Reasons (2023 CB 11) November 24, 2025

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 11-T) November 25, 2023

SOCAN Tariff 11.A – Circuses, Ice Shows. Fireworks Displays, Sound and Light Shows and Similar Events (2023-2025)

Reasons (2023 CB 10) November 24, 2023

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 10-T) November 25, 2023

SOCAN Tariff 13.C - Public Conveyances - Railroad Trains, Buses and Other Public Conveyance, Excluding Aircraft and Passenger Ships (2023-2025)

Reasons (2023 CB 9) November 3, 2023

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 9-T) November 4, 2023

SOCAN Tariff 13.B - Public Conveyances - Passenger Ships (2023-2025)

Reasons (2023 CB 8) November 3, 2023

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 8-T) November 4, 2023

SOCAN Tariff 13.A - Public Conveyances - Aircraft (2023-2025)

Reasons (2023 CB 7) November 3, 2023

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 7-T) November 4, 2023

SOCAN Tariff 22.C – Other Audio Websites (2007-2018)

Reasons (2023 CB 6) October 27, 2023

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 6-T-2) October 28, 2023

SOCAN Tariff 22.B – Commercial Radio and Satellite Radio (2007-2018)

Reasons (2023 CB 6) October 27, 2023

Approved Tariff (2023 CB 6-T-1) October 28, 2023

Oral Hearings

There are no oral hearings scheduled at this time.