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Canada to Amend the Term of Copyright for Sound Recordings from 50 to 70 Years

04.22.15

Re:Sound congratulates the Government of Canada, who announced in the Federal Budget 2015, their intention to amend the term of copyright for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years following the date of the release of the sound recordings.

While songwriters receive royalties from their copyright throughout their lives, some artists and record labels are starting to lose copyright protection for their early recordings and performances because copyright protection for song recordings and performances following the first release of the sound recording is currently only provided for 50 years.

The proposed amendment will ensure that performers and record labels are fairly compensated for the use of their music for an additional 20 years.

This change will bring Canada in line with more than 60 countries worldwide that protect copyright in sound recordings for a term of 70 years or longer, including all of Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

“Re:Sound commends the Canadian Government on its intention to bring this important protection for Canadian artists and creators in line with other countries around the world,” said Ian MacKay, President of Re:Sound, the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights.

“The world has changed since our original copyright laws were drafted,” says Bruce Cockburn.  “Every piece of music is, at least theoretically, with us forever. Extending the copyright term is an eminently sensible response to this new situation, and a welcome one!”

Federal Budget 2015: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html

Artists Reaction to the proposed amendment: http://musiccanada.com/news/artists-react-to-proposal-to-extend-the-term-for-copyright-of-sound-recordings-in-canada-to-70-years

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