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Supreme Court upholds tariffs on ‘broadcast-incidental copies’

Media | 11/26/2015 9:38 pm EST

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) in a dispute with CBC/Radio-Canada over whether the latter should pay for “broadcast-incidental copies” of musical works for television or Internet productions CBC had been arguing that the copies in question — which it had been paying $1.2 million a year for during the tariff period between 2008 and 2012, and the interim period ever since — were made to “facilitate modern digital broadcasting” and did not incrementally generate additional revenue. SODRAC, on the other hand, argued that a legal precedent for such payments...