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CAB opposes copyright payment demand

Briefs | 11/05/2007 12:08 am EST

At its annual general meeting in Ottawa today the membership of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters adopted a resolution opposing the music labels' copyright payment demand, stating "the CAB will take all measures to publicly oppose this egregious and abusive demand by the record labels including taking action before Parliament, the Copyright Board and the courts." While private broadcasters currently pay almost $70 million a year in the form of tariffs to four different rights holder collectives, the record labels are demanding an additional payment close to $50 million annually for the right to make technical reproductions that are secondary to playing the music over the air – a right for which radio broadcasters already pay, according to the CAB.  "While broadcasters recognize that artists, producers and other rights-holders should be fairly compensated for the use of their songs, our industry believes that this tariff proposal is a blatant abuse of the principles of the Copyright Act," said CAB president and CEO Glenn O'Farrell. "This demand won't help the record labels – it will only hurt one of the few areas that is still working well for them in the digital world." 

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