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The glacial pace of copyright proceedings in Canada is leaving Canadian artists out in the cold.

The Copyright Board of Canada’s long delays in setting the rates for use of some copyrighted material may threaten the output, stability and success of Canada’s composers and musicians.

They could also pose an inconvenience to businesses that want to pay royalties to use Canadian cultural products in new or innovative ways but are unsure if they will be able to afford them.

In its report, The Operations and Practices of the Copyright Board of Canada, the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce recommends a full review of the copyright board aimed at removing the delays that have been longstanding irritants to artists and businesses.

Read the Report

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*Please note that as of July 31, 2022, the name of the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce was changed to the Senate Committee on Banking, Commerce and the Economy. More information about this change can be found here.

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