Re:Sound has filed with the Copyright Board eight proposed tariffs, which are all renewals of previously proposed or certified tariffs.
The Copyright Act requires that Re:Sound file a proposed tariff with the Board by March 31st of the year before the year to which it applies.
Re:Sound has four tariffs whose terms expire at the end of 2015. It has therefore filed renewals to extend the terms into 2016 and beyond: Tariff No. 5.A-J – Use of Music to Accompany Live Events (2016-2018), Tariff No. 6.A – Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Dance (2016-2018), Tariff No. 6.C – Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Adult Entertainment (2016-2018) and Tariff No. 8 –Non-Interactive & Semi-Interactive Webcasts (2016). In addition, Re:Sound has filed four separate tariffs for simulcasting, which was previously included within Re:Sound’s proposed Tariff 8: Tariff No. 1.A.2 – Commercial Radio Simulcasts (2016-2017), Tariff No. 1.C.2 – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Simulcasts (2016), Tariff No. 2.B – Pay Audio Services Simulcasts (2016), and Tariff No. 4.B – Satellite Radio Simulcasts (2016-2018).
As part of the renewal process, Re:Sound reviews the current tariffs in detail and proposes improvements such as changes to the administrative provisions to improve efficiencies. Re:Sound also reviews the current rates and proposes increases where appropriate to reflect the fact that the value of music changes over time due to increases in the amount of music used by a particular industry and changes in technology and the way in which music is used in new and different ways as a result. Re:Sound also reviews comparable international rates to ensure that performers and makers in Canada receive comparable compensation as they would in other countries. In addition, as the Copyright Board has acknowledged, royalty payments should be adjusted to reflect the rate of inflation, just like any other supply.
It will ultimately be up to the Copyright Board (not Re:Sound) to determine if a rate increase or any of the other proposed changes are warranted for a particular tariff. The Copyright Board will certify the proposed tariffs after a full hearing in which both Re:Sound and representatives of the relevant industry can participate.