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CONNECT Music Licensing welcomes Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s ‘Shifting Paradigms’ report

July 2, 2019

CONNECT Music Licensing is pleased to see the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has recognized the need to address the growing Value Gap in Canada’s cultural industries in its Shifting Paradigms report. On behalf of CONNECT’s more than 2,700 rights holders of sound recordings in Canada, Catherine Jones, Executive Director of CONNECT testified before the Committee and the company is happy to see its recommendations for review of the Canadian Copyright Act reflected in the Committee’s report.
In her testimony, Jones recommended removing the $1.25 million Radio Royalty Exemption, amending the definition of “sound recording” in the Copyright Act and creating a Private Copying Fund to ensure CONNECT members are fairly compensated for commercial reproductions of their recordings.
“On behalf of CONNECT’s members, I thank the Heritage Committee for its thoughtful consideration and concrete recommendations to help close the Value Gap in Canada,” says Jones. “The Canadian music industry was united in calling for the removal of the Radio Royalty Exemption and amending the definition of ‘sound recording’ in the Act. I’m happy to see that the Committee recognized the importance of these actions, and I urge the Government of Canada to make these recommendations into law.”
CONNECT Music Licensing looks forward to continuing to work with the government to implement the recommendations contained in Shifting Paradigms.