On May 16, the Copyright Board of Canada released a long-awaited decision on royalty rates for streaming services. This decision, called Re:Sound Tariff 8 – Non-Interactive & Semi-Interactive Webcasts, 2009-2012, set the rate for commercial webcasters at 10.2 cents per 1,000 plays, while the CBC tariff is set at 13.1 cents per 1,000 plays – a massive setback for the Canadian music community, and for the artists and music companies that invest in their careers.
To put these rates into perspective:
- An artist would need 12,647 plays to be able to pay for a download of their own song.
- More than 16,000 plays would be needed to purchase a medium Tim Hortons coffee.
- More than 4 million plays would be needed to fill up a tour bus with a tank of gas!
In light of this, the music industry has banded together to show its opposition to Tariff 8. CIMA, Music Canada, ADISQ, and CCMIA released a joint statement in support of Re:Sound’s application for judicial review of the Tariff 8 decision a few weeks. To date, over 70 record companies from across the country have signed onto the joint statement. The list of supporting companies is growing by the hour – and we’ve joined the fight!
But our advocacy efforts can’t stop there. We still need your help to make sure that the government hears our message loud and clear.
If you’d like to show your support for the music community in its battle against Tariff 8, please like our “I Stand For Music” Facebook page. If you’re on Twitter, please join the conversation using the hashtags #tariff8 and #IStand4Music.