The Copyright Board of Canada May 11 revealed the Private Copying Tariffs for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that lessens interim tariffs for music rights holders. The figures were published in the federal government's Canada Gazette.

The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC), the organization responsible for collecting and distributing the private copying levies, has been working under interim tariffs for over two years. The levy collected by the CPCC is distributed to music rights holders to provide some compensation for private copies being made of their music without authorization or payment.

Since 2001, private copying levies have remained constant at 21¢ (US .19) on CD-R and CD-RW; 29¢ (US .26) on audio cassettes; and 77¢ (US .70) on MiniDiscs, CD-R Audio and CD-RW Audio. However, the newly-approved tariffs reduce the levy on audio cassettes to 24¢ (US .22), and the levy on MiniDiscs, CD-R Audio and CD-RW Audio to 21¢ (US .19), effective Jan. 1, 2005. There was no change to the rates for CD-R and CD-RW.

"The CPCC is understandably disappointed in the Copyright Board's decision to reduce the levy on certain media types," says CPCC Chair Claudette Fortier. "The CPCC will develop a plan to reimburse importers and manufacturers for the higher levies collected under the Interim Private Copying Tariffs of 2005, 2006 and 2007. Also, the CPCC Board of Directors will decide in the near future how this affects our position for the proposed 2008-2009 Private Copying Tariff."