The Copyright Board issued an inaugural decision Friday in response to proposals to create new copyright royalties for music played in fitness centres and dance venues. Dance clubs and fitness centres already pay royalties to copyright collective the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the Copyright Board noted in its decision, issued July 15. But it added that until now, “no royalties were paid by these establishments to the performers and makers of the sound recordings. This tariff is thus inaugural.” Copyright collective Re:Sound had filed for the tariff. The Copyright Board said in its decision that dance establishments with less than 100 customers will pay between $151 and $302 in annual royalties depending on how many days of the week they operate. Establishments with more than 100 patrons will pay an additional 10 per cent surcharge for each additional 20 people, the board said. The decision deals only with the application from Re:Sound for the use of “recorded music to accompany dance,” the decision said. A follow-up decision addressing a possible royalty for fitness centres will be dealt with later, the board said. The Canadian Restaurant Foodservices Association and the Alliance of Beverage Licensees of B.C. opposed the dance tariff, arguing that the original proposed rate was too high and that it did not recognize that most establishments do not play recorded music every night.