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News | 04/03/2003 5:00 am EST

CAB decries $6.5-million Copyright Board tariff decision
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is considering an appeal of the Copyright Board of Canada’s March 28 decision to apply a tariff, retroactive to 2001, payable on the reproduction of musical works by radio stations, including when they copy a CD into their internal hard drives. The CAB estimates the impact of the tariff at $6.5 million annually. Said CAB CEO Glenn O’Farrell: "We are disappointed by this decision. While we believe that all creators are entitled to fair compensation for their work, we believe that this tariff is unfair, as there is no economic value resulting from transfer of media and no royalties should be paid for it. Radio broadcasters are simply doing their jobs, getting music to Canadians. They are employing emerging efficient technology. They should not be penalized for that."

He continued: "What we do need is the government to uphold its commitment to amend the Copyright Act to create a meaningful and effective broadcaster exemption, protecting the industry from technology taxes." A media release indicates the lobby is considering an appeal of the decision. The full board decision, with reasons, is available online Reproduction of Musical Works 2001-2004.

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