Reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada

Legislative changes

The Copyright Board of Canada establishes royalties for the use of copyrighted content in a broad range of areas where the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective management organization. This includes music streaming, the public performance of music, educational copying, and the retransmission of television signals.

Several consultations and recent research have identified the need for timely decisions regarding royalty rates for the use of copyrighted content, particularly in light of the rapid technological advances. The Government is taking comprehensive action to tackle delays through Budget 2018, with a 30% increase in financial resources for the Copyright Board of Canada, accompanied by legislative proposals. Together with new appointments at the Board, these measures would set a new course for decision-making.

All in all, the reforms seek to ensure that royalty rates are determined faster and with more certainty while continuing to protect the public interest. These reforms will have positive results for rights-holders and users alike by reducing legal costs for all parties involved and facilitating more timely Board decisions that will provide copyright-based markets with the certainty they need to thrive. They will better position our creators and cultural entrepreneurs to make, produce and reinvest in high quality Canadian content, and will support strong, vibrant and healthy creative industries for the benefit of all Canadians.

Consultation on options for reform to the Copyright Board of Canada

The Government of Canada held a Consultation on Options for Reform to the Copyright Board of Canada from August 9, 2017 to September 29, 2017. This consultation engaged stakeholders and the public on potential technical changes to the legislative and regulatory framework to make the decision-making processes of the Copyright Board more efficient.

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