Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)

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Act current to 2019-05-07 and last amended on 2019-04-01. Previous Versions

PART VII.1Collective Administration of Copyright (continued)

Fixing of Royalty Rates in Individual Cases (continued)

Marginal note:Agreement

 The Board shall not proceed with an application under section 71 in respect of any matter in issue on which an agreement has been reached, if a notice is filed with the Board that such an agreement has been reached.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Special Rules Related to Royalty Rates

Marginal note:Special royalty rates

  •  (1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply despite the tariffs approved by the Board under section 70, or despite the royalty rates fixed under subsection 71(2), for the performance in public or the communication to the public by telecommunication of performer’s performances of musical works or of sound recordings embodying such performer’s performances.

  • Marginal note:Wireless transmission systems

    (2) For wireless transmission systems, other than community systems and public transmission systems, broadcasters shall pay

    • (a) $100 on the first $1.25 million of annual advertising revenues in respect of each year; and

    • (b) 100% of the royalties set out in the approved tariff or fixed under subsection 71(2) for that year on any portion of annual advertising revenues exceeding $1.25 million.

  • Marginal note:Community systems

    (3) For community systems, broadcasters shall pay royalties of $100 in respect of each year.

  • Marginal note:Effect of paying royalties

    (4) The payment of the royalties set out in subsection (2) or (3) fully discharges all liabilities of the system in question in respect of the approved tariffs or the royalties fixed under subsection 71(2).

  • Marginal note:Definition of advertising revenues

    (5) The Board may, by regulation, define “advertising revenues” for the purposes of subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (6) The Governor in Council may make regulations defining “community system”, “public transmission system” and “wireless transmission system” for the purposes of this section.

  • 1997, c. 24, s. 50
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 61
  • 2002, c. 26, s. 3
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Marginal note:Radio performances in places other than theatres

  •  (1) In respect of public performances by means of any radio receiving set in any place other than a theatre that is ordinarily and regularly used for entertainments to which an admission charge is made, no royalties shall be collectable from the owner or user of the radio receiving set, but the Board shall, in so far as possible, provide for the collection in advance from radio broadcasting stations of royalties appropiate to the conditions produced by the provisions of this subsection and shall fix the amount of the same.

  • Marginal note:Expenses to be taken into account

    (2) In fixing royalties under subsection (1), the Board shall take into account all expenses of collection and other outlays, if any, saved or savable by, for or on behalf of the owner of the copyright or performing right concerned or their agents, in consequence of that subsection.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Effects Related to Tariffs and Fixing of Royalty Rates

Permitted Acts and Enforcement

Marginal note:Effect of fixing royalties

 Without prejudice to any other remedies available to it, the collective society concerned may collect the royalties specified in an approved tariff or fixed by the Board under subsection 71(2) for the applicable period and, in default of their payment, recover them in a court of competent jurisdiction.

  • 1997, c. 24, s. 50
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 62
  • 2002, c. 26, s. 4
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Marginal note:Order — compliance with terms and conditions

 Without prejudice to any other remedies available to it, the collective society concerned may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an order directing a person to comply with any terms and conditions that are set out in an approved tariff or that are fixed by the Board under subsection 71(2).

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Marginal note:Continuation of rights

 If a proposed tariff’s effective period begins before the proposed tariff is approved, and immediately after the expiry of the previous tariff, then, from the start of the effective period of the proposed tariff until the earlier of its approval and the end of its effective period,

  • (a) any person authorized under the previous tariff to do an act that is referred to in section 3, 15, 18 or 21 and that is covered by the proposed tariff may do so; and

  • (b) the collective society may collect the royalties in accordance with the previous tariff.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Marginal note:Proceedings barred — tariff

 No proceedings may be brought against a person for the infringement of a right with respect to an act referred to in section 3, 15, 18 or 21 if

  • (a) the person has paid or offered to pay the royalties set out in an approved tariff that apply with respect to that act;

  • (b) in the case where section 73.2 applies with respect to that act, the person has paid or offered to pay the royalties referred to in paragraph 73.2(b); or

  • (c) in the case where no tariff has been approved with respect to that act and section 73.2 does not apply with respect to it, the person has offered to pay the royalties that are included in a proposed tariff and that will apply to that act once the tariff is approved.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Marginal note:Approval of request made under section 69

 If the Board approves an application made under section 69, no proceedings may be brought against a person for the infringement of a right with respect to an act referred to in section 3, 15, 18 or 21 if

  • (a) the proposed tariff, if approved, will not apply to the act as a result of the Board’s approval of the application; and

  • (b) the act occurs during the effective period set out in the proposed tariff and before the first anniversary of the day on which the collective society made its application under section 69 or, if a day has been established by regulations made under subsection 66.91(2), before that day.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Marginal note:Effect of fixing of royalties

  •  (1) If any royalties or related terms and conditions are fixed under subsection 71(2) in respect of a person, the person may, during the applicable period and on paying or offering to pay the applicable royalties, do the act referred to in section 3, 15, 18 or 21 with respect to which the royalties or related terms and conditions are fixed, subject to those related terms and conditions and to the terms and conditions established by the collective society and the person.

  • Marginal note:Authority during application

    (2) If an application is made under subsection 71(1), a person in respect of whom royalties or terms and conditions may be fixed may, until the Board’s final decision on the application, do an act referred to in section 3, 15, 18 or 21 to which the application applies if the person has offered to pay the applicable royalties in accordance with any applicable related terms and conditions.

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Effects of Agreement

Marginal note:No application

 An approved tariff and any royalty rates and related terms and conditions fixed by the Board under subsection 71(2), as well as sections 73.2 to 73.5, do not apply to a person in respect of the matters covered by an agreement referred to in subsection 67(3) that applies to the person.

  • 1997, c. 24, s. 50
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296

Claim by Copyright Owner — Particular Royalties

Marginal note:Claims by non-members

  •  (1) An owner of copyright who does not authorize a collective society to collect, for that person’s benefit, royalties referred to in paragraph 31(2)(d) is, if the work is communicated to the public by telecommunication during a period when an approved tariff that is applicable to that kind of work is effective, entitled to be paid those royalties by the collective society that is designated by the Board, of its own motion or on application, subject to the same conditions as those to which a person who has so authorized that collective society is subject.

  • Marginal note:Payment to non-members

    (2) An owner of copyright who does not authorize a collective society to collect, for that person’s benefit, royalties referred to in subsection 29.7(2) or (3) is, if such royalties are payable during a period when an approved tariff that is applicable to that kind of work or other subject matter is effective, entitled to be paid those royalties by the collective society that is designated by the Board, of its own motion or on application, subject to the same conditions as those to which a person who has so authorized that collective society is subject.

  • Marginal note:Exclusion of other remedies

    (3) The entitlement referred to in subsections (1) and (2) is the only remedy of the owner of the copyright for the payment of royalties for the communication, making of the copy or sound recording or performance in public, as the case may be.

  • Marginal note:Measures

    (4) The Board may, for the purposes of this section,

    • (a) require a collective society to file with the Board information relating to payments of royalties collected by it to the persons who have authorized it to collect those royalties; and

    • (b) by regulation, establish periods of not less than 12 months within which the entitlements referred to in subsections (1) and (2) must be exercised, beginning on

      • (i) the making of the copy, in the case of royalties referred to in subsection 29.7(2),

      • (ii) the performance in public, in the case of royalties referred to in subsection 29.7(3), or

      • (iii) the communication to the public by telecommunication, in the case of royalties referred to in paragraph 31(2)(d).

  • 1997, c. 24, s. 50
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 296
 
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