Proposed Copyright Board Rules of Practice and Procedure

The Proposed Copyright Board Rules of Practice and Procedure were published for consultation. The consultation period ended on July 18, 2022. The final version of the Rules will be published in the coming months.

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2021-2022 Annual Report

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Proposed Tariffs for the Years 2024 and Beyond

November 18, 2022

The Copyright Board has published the following proposed tariffs filed by collective societies for the years 2024 and beyond, along with a Notice from the Secretary General. The Board also published the Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff, filed by the collective societies as per Practice Notice [PN 2022-006], which contain information that allows potential users of the tariff to determine whether the tariff applies to them and provides a basis on they may object to the tariff. The documents are published as filed by the collective societies.

The deadline to file an objection to any of the proposed tariffs listed below is December 19, 2022. Objections must be filed using the online form. A Notice of Grounds for Objection must also be filed, as per Practice Notice 2022-007, by no later than January 17, 2023. The document can be submitted online when filing the objection. After December 19, 2022, Notices of Grounds should be filed by email to registry-greffe@cb-cda.gc.ca.

Access Copyright
Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

Artisti
Artisti Pay Audio Services Tariff (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
Artisti Tariff for Multi-Channel Subscription Satellite Radio Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
Artisti Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Tariff (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

Border-DRTC-CBRA-FWS-CRC-MLBCC-CRRA-SOCAN-CCC
Tariff for the Retransmission of Distant Television Signals (2024-2028)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

CMRRA-SOCAN
Non-Commercial Radio Reproduction Tariff (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

CMRRA-SOCAN-CONNECT-SOPROQ-ARTISTI
Commercial Radio Reproduction Tariff (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

Re:Sound
Re:Sound Tariff 1.A – Commercial Radio (2024-2028)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
Re:Sound Tariff 6.A – Use Of Recorded Music To Accompany Dance (2024-2028)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
Re:Sound Tariff 6.C – Use Of Recorded Music To Accompany Adult Entertainment (2024-2028)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

SOCAN
SOCAN Tariff 9 – Sports Events (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.A – Online Music Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.B – Internet - Commercial Radio and Satellite Radio (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.C – Internet - Other Audio Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.D.1 – Online Audiovisual Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.D.1.R – Reproduction of Musical Works Embedded in Audiovisual Works for Transmission by a Service (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.D.2 – User-Generated Content Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.D.3 – Allied Audiovisual Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.E – Internet - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 22.G – Internet - Game Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff
SOCAN Tariff 25 – Satellite Radio Services (2024-2026)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

SOCAN-CBRA-CRRA-FWS
Radio Retransmission Tariff (2024-2028)
Proposed Tariff | Comparative Document | Notice of Grounds for Proposed Tariff

2021-2022 Annual Report

The Copyright Board has published its 2020-2021 Annual Report, which provides an overview of last year’s activities. Read it here.

New Web Forms for Filing Proposed Tariffs and Objections to Proposed Tariffs

The Copyright Board has launched new web forms for filing Proposed Tariffs and Objections to Proposed Tariffs. These forms will only be active during the periods in which Proposed Tariffs and Objections to Proposed Tariffs may be filed. To be kept updated with changes and additions to our website, please subscribe to our Mailing List and follow us on Twitter.

Revised Practice Notice on Filing a Proposed Tariff

The Copyright Board has issued a revised version of the Practice Notice on Filing a Proposed Tariff [PN 2019-004 rev. 2]. The Practice Notice sets out what information is required from a Collective Society when filing a proposed tariff, pursuant to Section 69.1 of the Copyright Act.

Practice Notice on Filing an Application to Withdraw a Proposed Tariff

The Board has issued a new Practice Notice on Filing of Grounds for Proposed Tariffs [PN 2022-008]. The Practice Notice sets out what information is required from a Collective Society when filing an application to withdraw a proposed tariff, pursuant to Section 69.1 of the Copyright Act.

Practice Notices on Filing of Grounds for Proposed Tariffs and on Filing of Grounds for Objections

The Board has issued new Practice Notices on Filing of Grounds for Proposed Tariffs and on Filing of Grounds for Objection.

The Practice Notice on Filing of Grounds for Proposed Tariffs [PN 2022-006] sets out what information is required from a Collective Society when filing a proposed tariff, including a description of the activities covered by the proposed tariff.

The Practice Notice on Filing of Grounds for Objection [PN 2022-007] sets out what information is required from an Objector when filing an objection, including any grounds for why the Board should not approve the proposed tariff.

This information will help users assess whether a proposed tariff applies to them and, accordingly, whether they should object, while giving the Collective the information needed to understand the basis for such objection.

This information will also help the Board assess the scope and basis for a proposed tariff early on, and determine the most efficient and expeditious way forward. Please see Notice CB-CDA 2022-047 for additional details in regard to both Practice Notices.

These new Practice Notices are aligned with the Board’s vision and strategic objectives of ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency of its operations and proceedings.

Proposed Copyright Board Rules of Practice and Procedure

The proposed Copyright Board Rules of Practice and Procedure have been published in the Canada Gazette for consultation.

The proposed text and the Regulatory Impact Assessment Statement can be found in here. An overview of the Rules, developed by the Board, can be found here.

These rules reflect the Board’s commitment toward effective and expeditious tariff-setting procedures, transparency, and access to justice, and are a key part of the Board’s Modernization Initiative. They were developed with a view to increase the predictability of Board tariff-setting proceedings, and provide clear guidance to Parties on how to engage with the Board.

Collective management societies, rights holders, representatives of creators and of users of copyright, as well as the general public were invited to submit comments on the proposed text by July 18, 2022. The consultation period has ended. The final version of the Rules, which may include changes based on the feedback received during the consultation period, will be published in the Canada Gazette in the coming months. The Board will continue to provide update on this process on its Twitter account.

We thank all who have contributed and are contributing to the development of these Rules of Practice and Procedure, and in doing so support the Board’s role in the Canadian copyright market. 

The Board Publishes its Decisions on CanLii

The Copyright Board’s reasons for decision since its creation in 1990 are now available on CanLII. This news adds to the many efforts the Board has undertaken since 2018 to modernize its practices and better inform parties, the legal and academic communities and the public about its activities and tariff-setting processes.

Recent Decisions

SOCAN Tariff 3.B – Cabarets, Cafes, Clubs, Cocktail Bars, Dining Rooms, Lounges, Restaurants, Roadhouses, Taverns and Similar Establishments – Recorded Music Accompanying Live Entertainment (2018-2025)

Reasons (2022 CB 17) November 4, 2022

Approved Tariff (2022 CB 17-T) November 5, 2022

COPIBEC – Tariff for the Reproduction of Literary Works by Universities (2015-2019) (Withdrawal)

Reasons (2022 CB 16) September 23, 2022

SOCAN Tariff 12.A – Theme Parks, Ontario Place Corporation and Similar Operations (2023-2025) and SOCAN Tariff 12.B – Canada’s Wonderland and Similar Operation (2023-2025)

Reasons (2022 CB 15) September 23, 2022

Approved Tariff (2022 CB 15-T) September 24, 2022

SOCAN Tariff 7 – Skating Rinks (2023-2025)

Reasons (2022 CB 14) September 23, 2022

Approved Tariff (2022 CB 14-T) September 24, 2022

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