Canadian copyright law

  1. Jeff Price, SOCAN CEO Discuss Price's New Role at Organization

    October 05, 2012 6:30 PM EDT SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - announced earlier this week that it has hired TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price as a consultant, but the performance rights organization has no plans to start ...

  2. Jeff Price, Ousted TuneCore Co-Founder, Announces 'Agreement' With SOCAN

    October 03, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Jeff Price - who left TuneCore, the music-distribution upstart he co-founded, in August - announced today that he is now working with SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. The announcement doesn't specify w ...

  3. Canada's Supreme Court Shakes Up Copyright Laws

    July 12, 2012 3:27 PM EDT The Supreme Court of Canada has come out with five big copyright decisions on Thursday that will shake up licensing of entertainment content in the country. The decisions deal with music used on TV shows and in movies, music and video games downlo ...

  4. New Bill Would Force Canada to Review Copyright Law Every Five Years

    July 09, 2012 4:17 PM EDT A little more than a year since the last copyright reform bill (C-32) died when a general election was called, Canada's Conservative government finally committed to update the country's lagging copyright laws. Bill C-11 was the fourth at ...

  5. Canada's SOCAN To Appear Before High Court On Digital Licensing Ruling

    December 06, 2011 5:00 PM EST The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, the Canadian performing rights organization otherwise known as SOCAN, will be appearing at Canada's highest court today and tomorrow (Dec. 6) to represent its members in a case ...

  6. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  7. SOCAN Members to Receive Highest Ever Royalties This Month

    August 10, 2011 10:55 AM EDT The next quarterly payment of royalties to SOCAN members this month is a record high at $75 million (CAD), Canada's performing rights organization, the Society of Music Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Canada, reports. That figure includ ...

  8. Canada's SOCAN Files For Webcasting Tariff

    June 15, 2011 8:25 AM EDT The Society of Music Authors, Composers and Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has filed an application with the Copyright Board of Canada for an interim tariff to license the use of music on websites that profit from audiovisual webcasting and user-gen ...

  9. What Will Canada's New Majority Government Mean for Copyright Reform?

    May 05, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Monday's re-election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada to a majority stronghold means that there will be fewer impediments to get its legislation passed. One bill, which died March 26 when the general e ...

  10. ole Prez Hits Out At Canada's Bill C-32

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The president of ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher with more than 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of television music, has criticized the current proposed legislation to modernize the nation's Copyright Act. In a statement, ...

  11. Copyright Reform Progresses In Canada

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bill C-32, Canada's copyright reform bill, has entered an important stage in Parliament in the capital city of Ottawa. Earlier this month, it got past a second hearing and yesterday (Nov. 18) a Committee of the Whole was formed, which will no ...

  12. Canadian Copyright Reform Debate Turns Nasty

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadian federal politician James Moore has lashed out at opponents of his made-in-U.S.A. copyright reform package as "radical extremists." "They will find any excuse to oppose this bill, to drum up fear, to mislead, to misdirect an ...

  13. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  14. Canadian Court: 30-Second Samples Exempt From Royalties

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has said online music services do not owe performance royalties for 30-second samples meant to offer customers a preview of tracks they may later purchase. The Copyright Board of Canada came to the same conclu ...

  15. Charlie Angus Introduces Copyright Amendments

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus , the Canadian party's digital issues critic, has introduced two proposals to amend the Copyright Act. The two proposals, first reported by Billboard.biz last week , are designed to "help b ...

  16. Charlie Angus Set To Propose Canadian MP3 Player Levy

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry sources say Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic, is preparing to enter a private member's bill next week proposing the country's private copying levy should be extended to MP3 ...

  17. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  18. U.K. Ministers Water Down Copyright Powers

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. ministers have granted a concession in the Digital Economy Bill, which in its original form would have provided "reserve powers" to introduce legislation to clamp down on any future technology that could enable copyright infringemen ...

  19. Canadian Copyright Act To Be Reworked

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canada is expected to kick off the reworking of its Copyright Act next week, a process that will include a series of public consultations across the country, according to sources familiar with the plan. The Canadian Conservative government had pre ...

  20. Canadian Govt Set To Consult On Copyright Act

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government is expected to start a consultation process on changes to the country's Copyright Act in mid-June, with the goal of introducing a new bill by the end of the year, sources say. The consultation process is expected to al ...

  21. Canadian Copyright Board Issues Royalty Decision

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Copyright Board issued a royalty decision dealing with satellite radio today, concluding these services should pay 6.2% of revenues for the use of music. "This is lower than the total equivalent rates of 7.1% set by the board, th ...

  22. Canadian Copyright Board Opens Hearing On Music Tariffs

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Copyright Board kicked off a large-scale hearing today in Ottawa over arguments about multiple tariffs that cover everything from performing rights in songs to mechanical reproduction rights. "It's sure to be a landmark hear ...

  23. Canada Extends Online Royalties

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada has extended music royalties to broadcasters on the Internet in a move that will encompass commercial TV and radio station Web sites, as well as electronic gaming sites and online radio stations. But the Copyright Board of Canada stopped sh ...

  24. Mixed Feelings About New Canadian Copyright Legislation

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government tabled new copyright legislation today (June 12), and while some in the entertainment industry applauded it, others said they would take a wait-and-see approach. The new law will allow consumers to freely transfer purchased ...

  25. New Canadian Copyright Legislation To Come

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Canadian copyright legislation will be introduced tomorrow, the federal Conservative government said this afternoon. The music industry blames lax copyright legislation for the proliferation of file sharing in the country and a decline of more ...

  26. Canadian Collective Won't Appeal MP3 Tariff Decision

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says it will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that turned down an application to add a tariff to MP3 players. The levy of up to C$75 ($74) on MP3 players received approval from the ...

  27. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  28. Publishers May Appeal Block On 'iPod Tax'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Collecting society the Canadian Private Copying Collective says it may appeal against a court ruling which has blocked its efforts to obtain compensation for music creators through extending Canada's private-copying levy to cover "digita ...

  29. Canada's Copyright Act Revisions Get Shelved

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Revisions to Canada's Copyright Act, which were expected to be announced today, have been put on hold without any indication of when they might be introduced. The Canadian Conservative government under Industry Minister Jim Prentice had place ...

  30. Canada's Copyright Board Sets Royalty Rate

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Copyright Board ruled Wednesday on the decade long battle over the royalty rates for online downloading and streaming to be paid to the Society of Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (Socan). In a ruling that will like ...

  31. CRIA Against Blank Media Levy

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unexpected move, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has come out against a levy on blank media in a court filing, arguing the fees paid appear to allow for the justification of free downloading on peer-to-peer networks. CRIA, ...

  32. Canadian MP3 Tariff Fee To Be Reintroduced

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) won a decision on July 19 from the Copyright Board of Canada to reintroduce a controversial tariff fee into the sale price of MP3 players in Canada. The CPCC, the Toronto-based non-profit collective o ...

  33. Theberge Appointed To Copyright Board Of Canada

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jacinthe Théberge was appointed a member of the Copyright Board of Canada today, effective immediately. The Board is the federal government's regulatory body that establishes the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works in Canada ...

  34. Canadian Gov't Makes Landmark Music Royalty Ruling

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government has made its first ruling calling for mandatory payments to rights holders for the use of music on the Internet. In a landmark move that sets a standard for royalties owed to songwriters, Canada's federal agency, the C ...

  35. CPCC Introduces Private Copying Tariff

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) today (Feb. 9) proposed a new private copying tariff for 2008 and 2009 to the Canadian Copyright Board, which has the authority to set tariff rates in Canada. The current private copying tariff expire ...

  36. Toronto's Vortek Hit With CD-R Penalties

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed down a substantial penalty on to a Montreal-based computers and software manufacturer that did not pay federally-mandated private copying levy. The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed dow ...

  37. Canada Music Sales Hit By P2P Swapping

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20.3 million), or 4%, to $608.7 ($553.4 million) million, the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. reported today (March 2). Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20. ...

  38. Election Outcome Impact On Canadian Reform

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Biz ponders if Conservatives will overhaul law. While Canadian voters put an end to 12 years of Liberal government rule in that country Jan. 23, it's music industry has been left pondering if the newly-elected minority Conservative party will ...

  39. Furtado, McLachlan Among Top SOCAN Winners

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Canadian awards held in Toronto. Canadian songwriters, composers, lyricists and publishers were feted at the 16th annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto last night (Nov. 22). The event was hosted by R&B diva Jully Black. Among those songwriters honore ...

  40. CAB Requests A Review Of Copyright Board

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Broadcasters fight against tariff boost. In a filing to the Federal Court of Canada in Toronto yesterday (Nov. 14), the Canadian Association of Broadcasters requested a judicial review of Copyright Board of Canada's Oct. 14 decision on commer ...

  41. Royalty Fees Rise For Canadian Radio Stations

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian broadcasters have slammed an Oct. 14 decision by the Copyright Board of Canada -- a federal government regulatory tribunal -- that significantly boosts royalty fees that Canadian radio statio TORONTO -- Canadian broadcasters have slammed ...

  42. Grand Jury Indicts In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scheme included more than 325,000 copyrighted works. Scheme included more than 325,000 copyrighted works. News ...

  43. Behind the Deal: Canadian Levy On MP3 Players

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's fight against peer-to-peer copyright infringers is gathering strength in courts around the world. Yet some tech-oriented lawyers and others who disagree with the labels' legal str The music industry's fight agai ...

  44. CPCC Appeal Dismissed

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Private copying levy upheld. The Canadian Supreme Court today (July 28) dismissed applications from the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) to hear an appeal of the December decision of the Federal Court of Appeal involving its private copy ...

  45. Brein Loses Dutch P2P Case

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT ISPs do not have to reveal file-sharers' ID. ISPs do not have to reveal file-sharers' ID. News ...

  46. Canadian Copyright Act Revisions Introduced

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and Industry Minister David Emerson introduced long-awaited revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in the House of Commons June 20 before parliament broke for summe TORONTO -- Canadian Heritage Minister Liz ...

  47. Revisions Introduced To Canada's Copyright Act

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and Industry Minister David Emerson introduced long-awaited revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in the House of Commons today (June 20) before parliament breaks Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and ...

  48. Toronto Court Orders Payment Of Copyright Levies

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright levies on nearly 400,000 blank CD-Rs. TORONTO -- The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright ...

  49. Toronto Outlet Ordered To Pay Copyright Levies

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Judgement follows a 2004 audit. The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright levies on nearly 400,000 blank CD-Rs. The judgment for CAN$83,664 ($67,038) against the Toronto-based outlet resulte ...

  50. Canadian Gov't Eyes Changes To Copyright Act

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a move welcomed by music labels, the Canadian government on March 24 proposed amendments to the federal Copyright Act designed to strengthen copyright protection in the digital age and clarify the TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In a move w ...

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