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Tariffpalooza 2014 — the Copyright Board certifies tariffs at a furious pace

By Bob Tarantino

Summer 2014. The living is easy; the Copyright Board is certifying tariffs at a furious pace.

As we noted back in May 2014, the board certified Re:Sound Tariff 8, applicable to non-interactive and semi-interactive webcasters (although not immediately apparent from the wording of the tariff, the tariff is intended to apply to audio services such as Pandora and Songza). Re:Sound’s Tariff 8 is already the subject of an application for judicial review and has been the impetus for an ongoing public debate about the appropriateness of the licence fees set by the Copyright Board.

On 26 July 2014, the board certified SOCAN Tariff 4, which covers venues hosting live musical performances (including, helpfully, lip synching and miming)…

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