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Copyright and Neighbouring Rights

Dance with the Dead performing at the Axis Club, Toronto, Ontario. Credit: Crisco 1492, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Since 2010, CAPACOA has had an ongoing dialogue with Re:Sound and SOCAN regarding rights for the use of recorded music. We have notably worked constructively with Re:Sound to define simple tariffs that offer fair compensation to right holders and that take into account the realities of performing arts organizations.

CAPACOA-Re:Sound Agreement

CAPACOA and Re:Sound have reached several informal and formal agreements over the years, each reaffirming the principle of fair remuneration for rights holders and simplifying reporting mechanisms for users of recorded music.

The latest Settlement Agreement was signed in January 2024, along with co-signatories Canadian Live Music Association and Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. The settlement tariffs introduce a new annual minimum fee to Tariff 5.J, that will lessen the burden on organizations which hold multiple small concerts in a year. Tariff 5.D, for festivals, exhibitions and fairs, also incorporates additional rate tiers to reduce the gap between pre-existing tiers, thus making the transition from one tier to another much smoother for festival organizers. The settlement also incorporates tariff changes accounting for a repertoire adjustment further to the implementation of a neighbouring rights regime in the United States.

This new agreement supersedes the 2014 Settlement Agreement, which became for the most part obsolete with the certification of settlement tariffs by the Copyright Board, in 2017.

Because certain Re:Sound and SOCAN tariffs are not harmonized, reporting via Entandem can be complex. CAPACOA therefore developped guidance for reporting to Entandem.


Neighbouring Rights Town Hall recording – March 2024

News Updates

Special Members Bulletin: Neighbouring Rights Update – March 8, 2024

CAPACOA Issues Guidance about the New Re:Sound Tariffs – January 16, 2018

Fast-Tracking the Copyright Board of Canada – October 2, 2017

Copyright Board Renders Positive Decision on Neighbouring Rights for Live Events – September 11, 2017

The Collaboration with Re:Sound Continues – July 4, 2017

Putting the Arts in the Right Perspective – January 12, 2017

CAPACOA Undertakes Another Round of Negotiation with Re:Sound – August 13, 2015