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News | 09/06/2002 4:00 am EDT

Copyright Board extends date for private copying hearings
Responding to a request by the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) for delayed hearings into the private copying tariff (CNM Update, Aug. 28/02), the Copyright Board of Canada has advanced the hearing date to January 21. Dates for the various stages stand as follows: Filing of CPCC’s case, Oct. 4/02; Filing of objectors’ cases, Nov. 22/02; Filing of CPCC’s supplementary case, Dec. 13/02; Hearings, Jan. 21/03 at 10:00 am. In rendering its ruling, the board noted that the CPCC will not push for retroactivity in any rate increases because of the delayed hearing date, but that the board may still rule that increases become effective on Jan. 1/03. Also in its ruling on the delayed hearing, the board says it "cannot provide assurances that it will allow some time to elapse between the date of its decision and the date on which any increase in the levy effectively comes into force. That issue can be addressed in the board’s final decision."

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