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Canada's private broadcasters consider copyright reform to be a key priority. Bill C-32 presents the best opportunity to date to achieve balance in copyright, and we are working hard to support the passage of this Bill.

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We Support Bill C-32

The CAB is pleased that the government has tabled balanced and progressive copyright legislation.

Bill C-32 takes some important steps towards making Canada’s copyright laws work for everyone, including our listeners, the artists that we play and innovative businesses like ours.

Broadcasters support artists
– broadcasters invest significant amounts of time, money and energy supporting local talent and we are proud to do so.  In 2009, broadcasters contributed $51 million directly to Canadian artists in addition to $64M in copyright payments to authors, composers, publishers, record labels and performers to play their music on radio, totalling

5x increase in nine years!

$115 million in one year.  This is 5 times greater than the level it was at nine years ago.

There is no “free ride” for broadcasters - The music industry claims that broadcasters would be getting a “free ride” with the adoption of Bill C-32. That’s not the case. Broadcasters will continue to pay to broadcast music and are committed to promote local and national talent everywhere in Canada, the same way we always have.

#1 way to promote new music

Broadcasters are an essential part of the digital economy – The digital economy has presented challenges and opportunities for everyone in the cultural sector.  The music distribution technology used to convey content to broadcasters has evolved and so have we. Today, we receive music files in digital formats from record labels. We work with these digital files to prepare our programming line-ups for our airwaves.  We know that while other
participants in the cultural sector have had a hard time adapting to new technologies, we have been constantly upgrading in order to provide the best service for our listeners and the best promotion for Canadian artists. Broadcasters are not the root cause of the music industry’s problems or its long-term solution. As a result of our commitment to achieving success in the digital economy, we are still the number one promoter of new music in Canada.

No one wants to pay multiple times for the same thing – we pay to play music on air – and that’s fair. But the current and excessively complex system forces us to make additional payments to an unmanageable number of collectives for purely technical digital file copies we make to get music to air and for which we yield no revenue – that’s simply unfair.  We should only have to pay
Paying to play music is not up for grabs

once for airing music on our stations. That’s why we believe Bill C-32 improves Canada’s copyright law.

Cutting edge technologies supported by cutting edge laws – broadcasters want to provide their audiences with the latest content using cutting edge technologies and need the right rules in order to do so.  Bill C-32 balances our needs with the needs of artists and provides all of us with essential tools we can use in the digital era.

Canadian Broadcasters support Bill C-32. We are committed to supporting Canadian artists and promoting their music to the benefit of all Canadians.

Music and Social cost Growth Buries Radio's Revenue Growth


Revenue growth from 2001 to 2009 = 41%

Music & Social Benefits Cost growth from 2001 to 2009 = 164%