TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court of Canada today issued
a decision in Re:Sound v. Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, et al., concluding that artists and record companies are not entitled to
equitable remuneration when their recordings are broadcast on
television or in films.
This means that, unlike songwriters and publishers, artists (including
featured performers, background players, session musicians, etc.) and
record companies will continue to be shut out from compensation even
though their recordings contribute significantly to the success of a
film or TV program.
"I cannot say we are not disappointed by today's ruling. It seems
incongruous that songwriters should be compensated when their work is
broadcast on TV and in motion pictures, while the actual performers of
the recordings are not," commented Re:Sound President, Ian MacKay.
"That being said it is the Supreme Court's role to interpret the law as
it exists, not as it should be. Unfortunately, Canada's copyright law
has today been found to put Canadian recording artists and record
companies at a disadvantage in the international marketplace."
On June 26th at Beijing, Member States of the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO), including Canada, finalized a treaty that would
strengthen economic rights for performers in audio-visual media.
Today's Supreme Court decision has far-ranging implications - while
many developed countries already compensate creators when their music
is played in audio-visual media, Canada will continue to deny its
artists and record companies similar remuneration.
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, AVLA and SOPROQ.
For more information, please visit us at www.resound.ca.
SOURCE Re:Sound Music Licensing Company
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