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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no oral hearings scheduled at this time.