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The Private Copying Tariff

Private Copying Tariff

Because technologies come and go and the value of private copying can change over time, the Copyright Act does not specify the types of media that the private copying levy applies to or the rates for each type of media. The Copyright Board of Canada is responsible for issuing private copying tariffs that set the types of media that the private copying levy applies to, the rate for each type of media, and related administrative details, for a given period of time.

The Copyright Board of Canada

The Copyright Board of Canada is an economic regulatory body that specializes in copyright matters. The obligations and procedures of the Board are specified in Part VII of the Copyright Act.

How a Private Copying Tariff is set:

The process by which private copying tariffs are set is described in Part VIII, Section 83 of the Copyright Act.

In general:

  1. The CPCC initiates the process on behalf of copyright holders by filing a proposed tariff with the Copyright Board of Canada.
  2. The Board publishes the proposed tariff in the Canada Gazette.
  3. Objectors to the proposed tariff must file their objections within 60 days of publication.
  4. A date is set by the Board for a formal public hearing.
  5. Objectors and the CPCC present evidence and arguments before the Board.
  6. The Board issues a private copying tariff, together with the reasons for the Board’s decision.

The private copying tariffs for 2012, 2013 and 2014 were issued by the Copyright Board on August 31, 2013. Click here to view the Private Copying Tariffs for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The proposed Private Copying Tariffs for 2015 and 2016 were published in the Canada Gazette on December 7, 2013.  The proposed tariffs maintain the levy on CD-R media at the current rate of .29 cents.  Click here to view the proposed Private Copying Tariffs for 2015 and 2016.

Private Copying Tariffs

 

Tariff

Audio Cassettes of 40 minutes or more

CD-R/CD-R

CD-R Audio/ CD-RW Audio

MiniDisc

Start Date

End Date

 1999-2000

23.3¢

5.2¢

60.8¢

60.8¢

18-Dec-1999

31-Dec-2000

 2001-2002

29¢

21¢

77¢

77¢

1-Jan-2001

31-Dec-2002

 2003-2004

29¢

21¢

77¢

77¢

1-Jan-2003

31-Dec-2004

 2005 – 2007

24¢

21¢

21¢

21¢

1-Jan-2005

31-Dec-2007

 2008 -2009*

24¢

21¢

21¢

21¢

1-Jan-2008

5-Dec-2008

 2008 -2009*

24¢

29¢

29¢

29¢

6-Dec-2008

31-Dec-2009

 2010

n/a

29¢

29¢

29¢

1-Jan-2010

31-Dec-2010

 2011

n/a

29¢

29¢

n/a

1-Jan-2011

31-Dec-2011

2012

n/a

29¢

29¢

n/a

1-Jan-2012

31-Dec-2012

2013

n/a

29¢

29¢

n/a

1-Jan-2013

31-Dec-2013

2014

n/a

29¢

29¢

n/a

1-Jan-2014

31-Dec-2014

For the Copyright Board of Canada’s Reasons, Backgrounders and Fact Sheets please visit the Copyright Board’s web site athttp://www.cb-cda.gc.ca/decisions/copying-copie-e.html

*  The Private Copying Tariff 2008-2009 was released on December 5th 2008. While the Tariff certified the new levies effective January 1st 2008, the CPCC waived retroactive collection of the levies.

 

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