Federal Government Announces Consultations on Reforming Copyright Board of Canada

The Federal Government has launched consultations on proposed legislative and regulatory changes to the Board’s decision-making processes.

CIMA is encouraged to see the government taking action. CIMA has advocated for the Copyright Board to become more nimble and anticipatory, and render decisions in a timely manner. We advocated for changes that would ensure that the Copyright Board of Canada be optimally configured and provided with adequate resources in order to render fair and equitable tariff decisions in a timely manner – a process that is more closely aligned with ever-evolving technology and the planning cycle of the Canadian music industry.

According to a news release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada “Getting the Copyright Board system right will enable creators to get paid properly and on time. It will also mean more money for creators and users and less money being spent on legal fees. “ The government will study the 13 possible options proposed in the government discussion paper as well as reform options suggested by the public.

The consultations will be open from August 9 to September 29. Those interested can share their views until September 29 by emailing CBconsultations@canada.ca

If you have questions or comments you’d like to share with CIMA, feel free to get in touch with our Policy Analyst, Elise Roiron at elise@cimamusic.ca