Re:Sound applies for Judicial Review of Copyright Board Decision in Re:Sound Tariff 8 - Non-Interactive & Semi-Interactive Webcasts (2009-2012)

TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Re:Sound Music Licensing Company announced today that it is applying for judicial review of the decision of the Copyright Board of Canada in Re:Sound Tariff 8, which was issued on May 16, 2014.

"Re:Sound does not take this decision lightly.  On behalf of sound recording rights holders, we have no choice," said Ian MacKay, President of Re:Sound.  "The Copyright Board decision set rates in Canada that are approximately 10% or less of the rates prevailing in most other territories, and also rejected market place rates freely negotiated between Re:Sound and streaming services.  The decision positions Canada as a significant outlier in the world, and greatly disadvantages the Canadian music industry in the globalized market place."

Background

A Non-Interactive Webcast is an online music streaming service that does not allow the user to control the content or timing of the webcast e.g. no skipping or customizing the stream by genre or artist. A Semi-Interactive Webcast is a service that allows the user some level of control over the content or timing of the webcast such as skipping or pausing the stream or customizing the content by genre or artist. Tariff 8 does not apply to podcasts, fully interactive services such as downloads or on-demand streaming, or simulcasts by Canadian commercial radio broadcasters, CBC, pay audio or satellite radio services. Any other simulcasters, such as international radio stations streaming into Canada and non-commercial radio stations, are subject to the applicable webcasting royalties under Tariff 8.

About Re:Sound

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. On behalf of its members, representing thousands of artists and record companies, Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media. All of the money collected by Re:Sound is distributed to our members, less only our actual costs. Created in 1997 (as NRCC), our member organisations are ACTRA RACS, ARTISTI, MROC, Connect Music Licensing and SOPROQ. For more information, please visit us at www.resound.ca.

SOURCE Re:Sound Music Licensing Company

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