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Subscription radio hopefuls oppose tariff rate proposed by SOCAN

News | 07/30/2004 4:00 am EDT

Applicants for an as-yet-unawarded subscription satellite radio services licence are opposing a related royalty tariff filed by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) with the Copyright Board of Canada. To the extent that the proposed tariff purports to cover services such as CHUM Subscription Radio Canada (CSRC), a licence for which is still under consideration, CHUM objects on the "the basis that (the proposed royalties) are excessive and unreasonable." CHUM also notes that "the proposed tariff rate is almost an order of magnitude higher than the most recently approved tariff for radio (Tariff 1A), a service most analogous to CSRC."

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