With the passage of Bill C32 in 1997 the Copyright Act of Canada was amended to acknowledge the essential contribution of artists and record companies in the creation of sound recordings.
A right of remuneration for the performance in public or communication to the public by telecommunication was established in section 19 of the Canadian Copyright Act. This amendment brought Canada in sync with over 85 countries and established the right for artists and record companies to be fairly compensated for the broadcast and public performance of their works.
Previously only composers and music publishers received royalties (from SOCAN) for airplay and the public performance of their works in Canada – the people who created the recordings (artists, background musicians, record companies) did not. This resulted in many decades of inequality, which was only corrected in Canada in 1997.
In August of 1997, the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC) was established. The founding member organisations were ACTRA PRS (The ACTRA Performers' Rights Society), American Federation of Musicians (AFM), ArtistI (La Société de gestion collective de l'Union des artistes), AVLA (Audio-Video Licensing Agency) and SOPROQ (La société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec).
The first NRCC tariff was certified in August of 1999 for Commercial Radio. This was followed in 2000 by a tariff for CBC radio and in 2002 for Pay Audio Services. In 2006, the Copyright Board of Canada certified the first of NRCC’s public performance tariffs: Tariff 3 – Use and Supply of Background Music. The most recent certified tariff was in 2009 for Satellite Radio Services.
On March 1, 2010, NRCC became Re:Sound, and re-launched its website.