Consultations launched on reforming Copyright Board of Canada
“The Copyright Board of Canada plays a critical role in our copyright regime. In order to thrive in the digital economy, we need to create a more efficient and effective tariff-setting process to facilitate innovation and business growth. A modern Copyright Board will better support both creators and users of copyrighted content by providing them with an efficient, transparent, stable and predictable regulatory environment.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“The Government of Canada recognizes the invaluable contribution of Canadian creators to our economy and society and is committed to ensuring fair remuneration for artists. Through these consultations, we seek concrete improvements to the Copyright Board that enable creators to efficiently access new, diverse and stable streams of revenue. I invite anyone concerned with these issues to engage in this important consultation.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“The Board looks forward to input from all stakeholders, including copyright owners, creators, users and consumers on the Board’s role in preserving the public interest by regulating efficiently and fairly the process of establishing copyright royalties in a modern and innovative economy.”
– Claude Majeau, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Board of Canada
The Copyright Board of Canada was established in 1989. Since then, new technologies, landmark court decisions and two major rounds of copyright reforms have impacted both the nature and the quantity of its work.
According to a study by Professor Jeremy de Beer that was commissioned by the Government of Canada, between 1999 and 2013, it took an average of 3.5 years after filing to certify a tariff. On average, royalties were certified 2.2 years after the beginning of the year in which they became applicable.
A statutory Parliamentary review of the Copyright Act is expected to begin sometime after November 7, 2017. This will provide parliamentarians with an opportunity to examine the copyright landscape in Canada.
In 2015, $435 million in royalties were paid to rights-holders pursuant to the Board’s decisions.
Karl W. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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