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Remembering Brian Chater
September 12, 2013

Brian Chater, who passed away on September 5th , was instrumental in shaping the modern Canadian music industry. As a founding director of Re:Sound (previously NRCC), Brian was a driving force in the establishment of neighbouring rights into Canada, thereby ensuring that the performers and labels who create recorded music in this country receive fair compensation.

President of the Canadian Independent Music Association (formerly CIRPA) for nearly twenty years, Brian championed that sector with skill, passion and devotion. Through his music publishing business and his active involvements on boards, including FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund, as well as his work as Co-chair of the Federal Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Music Industry, Brian’s influence was felt – and is still felt - across all areas of Canadian music.

“Brian was a real giant of the Canadian music industry,” said Re:Sound President, Ian MacKay. ”The people and companies who create music in this country are all better off because of his talents and commitment. That is a tremendous legacy.”

Re:Sound exhibits at 2013 CanFit Pro Conference and Tradeshow
August 19, 2013

On August 16th and 17th, Re:Sound attended the Canadian Fitness Professionals annual tradeshow in Toronto as an exhibitor. The event held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre allowed for representatives of the Licensing Department to meet and build relationships with members of Canada’s fitness industry, including leaders, trainers, owners and members of the general public. This year’s show marked the 20th year the conference was held, and Re:Sound is pleased to help musicians and labels play a continuing role in the success of this industry.

“Recorded music is a key component of the fitness experience and developing partnerships and fostering understanding in that industry is a key strategy for Re:Sound,” said Martin Gangnier, Director, Licensing. “We met with many leaders and practitioners in Canada’s fitness industry and we were pleased to further their knowledge of Re:Sound and the competitive advantages that recorded music has to offer.”

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Re:Sound attends 2013 HAC Conference
February 6, 2013

Re:Sound attended the Hotel Association of Canada’s annual conference to meet with leaders in Canada’s lodging and hospitality industry and to discuss the value that recorded music provides to their businesses. This year’s conference was held in Toronto February 4th and 5th, and was particularly special as it was also a celebration of HAC’s 100th Anniversary.

Re:Sound has been working with Canada’s hotel industry for a number of years to ensure establishments are legally licensed for their use of background music. Certified in May 2012, Re:Sound’s Live Events tariff, which requires hotels and other venues that host live events such as weddings and receptions to be licensed for the use of recorded music at those events opens up a new area for collaboration. HAC, for instance, took a leadership role in negotiating with Re:Sound a tariff rate beneficial to its members that also ensures Canada’s artists and record labels are fairly compensated.

“Recorded music is used by hotels and others in the hospitality industry to help draw clients and grow business,” said Re:Sound’s Director, Licensing, Martin Gangnier. “We have been have been pleased to work with HAC to achieve fair rates and a tariff structure that benefits all of its members.”

Re:Sound participates in MIDEM 2013
January 25, 2013

It is crucial that Re:Sound is connected to the latest developments in the international music industry. To that end, we will again participate in the MIDEM Conference in Cannes, France later this month.

“MIDEM is one of the most important annual international music industry conferences and it’s important that Canada be represented,” said Re:Sound President, Ian MacKay. “I’m looking forward to meeting with my counterparts from around the world as well as music services that are operating or looking to operate in Canada.”

This year’s conference runs from January 26th-29th and will bring together performers, labels and performing rights societies, among others, with the top minds in music sector policy, marketing and technology. The event itself features B2B trade shows, seminars, discussions and showcases where Re:Sound will make new connections and discuss best practices.

“The music business is global and it is vital that Re:Sound understands and takes advantage of the important international trends in our industry,” added MacKay. “We will be sharing some of the best practices we’ve developed here in Canada, and are always looking to leverage learnings from elsewhere.”


Supreme Court Rules in Film and Television Case
July 12, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada today issued a decision in Re:Sound v. Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, et al., concluding that artists and record companies are not entitled to equitable remuneration when their recordings are broadcast on television or in films.

This means that, unlike songwriters and publishers, artists (including featured performers, background players, session musicians, etc.) and record companies will continue to be shut out from compensation even though their recordings contribute significantly to the success of a film or TV program.

"I cannot say we are not disappointed by today's ruling. It seems incongruous that songwriters should be compensated when their work is broadcast on TV and in motion pictures, while the actual performers of the recordings are not,” commented Re:Sound President, Ian MacKay. “That being said it is the Supreme Court's role to interpret the law as it exists, not as it should be. Unfortunately, Canada's copyright law has today been found to put Canadian recording artists and record companies at a disadvantage in the international marketplace."

On June 26th at Beijing, Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), including Canada, finalized a treaty that would strengthen economic rights for performers in audio-visual media. Today’s Supreme Court decision has far-ranging implications - while many developed countries already compensate creators when their music is played in audio-visual media, Canada will continue to deny its artists and record companies similar remuneration. Download >>

Copyright Board of Canada Certifies Re:Sound's Physical Activities Tariff
July 6, 2012

The Copyright Board of Canada today certified Re:Sound's Tariff 6.B (Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Physical Activities, 2008-2012). This is Re:Sound's inaugural tariff to compensate recording artists and record labels when their recordings are used in venues such as fitness clubs and dance studios.

This tariff was first proposed in 2007 for the period 2008-2012 and a Copyright Board hearing was held in April/May 2010, during which the Board heard submissions from both Re:Sound and fitness industry representatives. At this hearing, Re:Sound presented significant econometric and consumer choice modelling evidence to show the substantial value that music provides to gyms, fitness classes and other activities.

"Anyone who has been to a gym or attended a dance class knows the integral role that music plays in these venues," commented Martin Gangnier, Re:Sound's Director of Licensing. "Prior to this tariff, fitness venues in Canada did not pay artists and labels for the recorded music they use, even though music provides them significant value."

In Canada, songwriters, composers and publishers have long been remunerated when their music is used in gyms and other fitness facilities. Re:Sound's Tariff 6.B will ensure that artists and labels also receive compensation when their work is used in fitness venues in Canada.

"It is only fair that artists and record labels – the people and companies that create recorded music – are compensated for the broadcast of their music in these venues," added Gangnier. "In this respect, Canada is only catching up with the rest of the world where fitness clubs and classes in most developed countries already pay royalties to artists and labels."

Collaborative Approach Culminates with Certification of Re:Sound’s Live Events Tariffs
Toronto, 31 May 2012

The Copyright Board of Canada has certified a number of new tariffs (Tariffs 5.A to G) under Re:Sound’s Live Events Tariff, which apply to the use of recorded music accompanying live events such as weddings, karaoke, conventions , ice shows, and fairs. Download >>

Re:Sound Files Tariff Renewals with The Copyright Board of Canada
April 2, 2012

Re:Sound has filed with the Copyright Board a number of proposed tariffs, which are all renewals of previously proposed or certified tariffs. The Copyright Act requires that Re:Sound file a proposed tariff with the Board by March 31st of the year before the year to which it applies. Re:Sound has a number of tariffs whose terms expire at the end of 2012. It has therefore filed renewals to extend the terms into 2013 and beyond.

As part of the renewal process, Re:Sound reviews the current tariffs in detail and proposes improvements such as changes to the administrative provisions to improve efficiencies. Re:Sound also reviews the current rates and proposes increases where appropriate to reflect the fact that the value of music changes over time due to increases in the amount of music used by a particular industry and changes in technology and the way in which music is used in new and different ways as a result. Re:Sound also reviews comparable international rates to ensure that performers and makers in Canada receive comparable compensation as they would in other countries. In addition, as the Copyright Board has acknowledged, royalty payments should be adjusted to reflect the rate of inflation, just like any other supply.

It will ultimately be up to the Copyright Board (not Re:Sound) to determine if a rate increase or any of the other proposed changes are warranted for a particular tariff. The Copyright Board will certify the proposed tariffs after a full hearing in which both Re:Sound and representatives of the relevant industry can participate.

Re:Sound awarded Ontario Government funding to create the Canadian Music Database
January 12, 2012

The Ontario Media Development Corporation announced today that Re:Sound has been awarded funding to create the Canadian Music Database. Re:Sound led a partnership, including the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and AVLA, in applying for funds to create a new, multi-use platform that will allow industry participants to search significant amounts of data and create customised reporting to advance the interests of Canadian music.

Re:Sound was awarded an Entertainment and Creative Industry Cluster Grant, the goal of which is to encourage new industry collaborations, leverage partnerships and help strengthen the creative industries across the province of Ontario.

The Canadian Music Database will be a robust, functional, complete and searchable tool that reconciles existing data already collected by the project partners. By creating a complete and highly functional database of independent music created in Canada and of performers who played on tracks, we can ensure that more artists will be paid royalties due and that Canadian artists and record companies will gain exposure for their work.


Re:Sound Granted Leave to Appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada
September 12, 2011

In 2008, Re:Sound filed two tariffs with the Copyright Board of Canada: the Re:Sound Motion Picture Theatres Tariff (Tariff 7) and the Re:Sound Commercial Television Tariff (Tariff 9). Tariff 7 would apply to the public performance of sound recordings in movies played by movie theatres and drive-ins. Tariff 9 would apply to the communication of sound recordings through broadcasts of television signals by commercial television stations, cable and satellite companies. Composers and authors in Canada have been receiving royalties for the performance of their music in movies and on TV for decades through tariffs administered by SOCAN. Re:Sound’s proposed Tariffs 7 and 9 would allow Canadian artists and record companies to also receive compensation for their invaluable contributions to sound recordings performed in films and TV programs.

These tariffs have not yet been certified by the Copyright Board due to a legal issue over whether artists and record companies are entitled to royalties for the public performance or broadcast of sound recordings in audio-visual works under the Copyright Act. This issue was first considered by the Copyright Board, which decided in 2009, that artists and record companies are not entitled to such royalties and that Tariffs 7 and 9 could not be certified. Re:Sound appealed this decision to the Federal Court of Appeal, which ruled against Re:Sound earlier this year. Re:Sound sought leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal decision to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) and was granted leave in September. The hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled for December 7, 2011.

Re:Sound Files 2012 Tariff Renewals
June 4, 2011

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company announced today it has filed tariff proposals with the Copyright Board of Canada that would extend the term of several of its current tariffs and increase the potential income for music creators in Canada. Download >>


Re:Sound Engages Nielsen BDS to Track Commercial Radio Music Airplay in Canada
September 27, 2010

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company and The Nielsen Company today announced an agreement under which Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen BDS) will track Canadian commercial radio airplay for Re:Sound. Download >>

Re:Sound Proposes Background Music Tariff for 2011
July 17, 2010

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company announced today a proposal for
a Background Music Tariff 3 for 2011, which it filed with the Copyright Board on March 31, 2010. Download >>

Re:Sound Proposes Satellite Radio Tariff for 2011
July 17, 2010

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company announced today a proposal for
a Satellite Radio Tariff 4 for 2011. Download >>

Re:Sound Proposes New Online Music Tariff
July 17, 2010

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company announced today that it has filed with the Copyright Board of Canada a tariff proposal (Tariff 8B) which would apply to semiinteractive webcasting services. Download >>

NRCC Becomes Re:Sound
March 1, 2010

The organisation formerly known as the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC) announced today that it has changed its name to Re:Sound Music Licensing Company. Download >>


NRCC Proposes Royalty Rates for Fitness Venues and Dance Venues
August 19, 2009

NRCC issued a statement today on a proposal for the payment of music royalties by fitness venues and dance venues. Download >>

NRCC Proposes New Music Royalty Rates for Users and Suppliers of Background Music
June 27, 2009

NRCC announced today that it recently proposed changes to music royalties paid by users of background music such as restaurants and retail stores. Download >>

NRCC Proposes New Music Royalty Rates for CBC Radio
June 27, 2009

NRCC announced today that it recently proposed changes to music royalties paid by CBC Radio in line with significant growth in the broadcaster’s use of music. Download >>

NRCC Proposes New Music Royalty Rates for Commercial Radio
June 27, 2009

NRCC announced today that it recently proposed changes to music royalties paid by commercial radio stations in Canada. Download >>


Ian MacKay named President of the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC)
December 11, 2008

The Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Ian MacKay as President of the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC). Download >>

Royalties to be sought from television, movie theatres, webcasters and simulcasters
April 3, 2008

The Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC) this week proposed three new tariffs to the Copyright Board of Canada for the payment of royalties to recording artists, musicians, and labels when their sound recordings are used in television programs, motion picture theatres, and in non-interactive webcasting or in the simulcasting of traditional radio signals via the Internet.

NRCC also filed updated rates for its existing tariff areas. For more information about the new tariffs, see the information sheets accompanying this release. Download >>

A copy of the information sheets on the filings can be found here.