The CPCC’s mandate includes advocating on behalf of recording artists, songwriters, publishers and record labels for their rights as they pertain to private copying.
The private copying levy was first established by the Federal Government in 1997. Currently the private copying levy applies to CD-Rs at a rate of .29 cents per CD-R. But we all recognize that today most people make copies of music on their cell phones and tablets. And music creators are NOT being compensated when copies of their music are being made onto these types of devices.
Revenue from the private copying levy is rapidly declining as consumers embrace new technologies for making private copies of music. The CPCC, along with its member collective organizations, has been strongly advocating for changes to the Copyright Act and lobbying the government to ensure that music rights holders’ interests are being represented. The Copyright Act must be brought into the modern age, by extending the private copying levy to the current technologies that people are using to make private copies of music.
- The Songwriters Association of Canada has been encouraging supporters to sign and send pre-printed postcards addressed to the Clerk and Members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology asking for the Copyright Act to be amended “to ensure private copying levies are payable on the devices Canadians use today and in the future to make private copies.” Contact the Songwriters Association of Canada for more information or to participate in the campaign.
- In January 2018 a letter signed by 15 organizations was sent to Ministers Morneau and Joly urging them to include an interim Private Copying Compensation Fund in the 2018 Federal Budget.
- As a Fund was not included in the 2018 Budget, CPCC submitted its recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance for Budget 2019, which resulted in a recommendation from the all-party Committee to “Work with the Canadian Private Copying Collective to examine both an interim and permanent solution to ensure rights holders continue to receive compensation for unlicensed private copies made of their music.”
- No interim Fund was included in the 2019 Budget, so CPCC has again submitted its recommendations for consideration in the 2020 Federal Budget.
- On July 7, 2020, a letter signed by CPCC and 19 organizations was sent to Ministers Guilbeault and Bains urging them to amend the Copyright Act, as in the medium-to-long-term, a technologically-neutral private copying regime can play a role in the sector’s economic recovery.
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