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DECEMBER 11, 2017

The copying of music onto recordable CDs in Canada, 2018-2019

Circum has been involved in research about the private copying of music in Canada since 1999. Several reports made available on the Circum website pertain to this particular issue. In 2017, Circum was called upon to contribute to the case of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) relating to the levies to be collected for the sale or disposition, in Canada, of blank audio recording media for the years 2018 and 2019.

The purpose of the Circum report was threefold. First, it provided the most recent available data on the copying of music onto recordable CDs for those variables considered by the Copyright Board of Canada in its decision to certify the 2017 private copying tariff. Second, projections were developed for the years of the proposed tariffs, 2018 and 2019. Finally, the report considered these projected figures in light of the standards the Copyright Board has applied in previous private copying decisions to determine whether recordable CDs may still be considered ordinarily used for the purpose of copying music. This report was a direct update of Exhibit CPCC-3 (Private Copying Tariff: 2017) entitled "The Use of Blank CDs for Music Copying in 2017: Recent Trends and Projections", dated May 13, 2016, and prepared by Paul Audley, Lisa Freeman, and Benoît Gauthier.

On December 1, 2017, the Copyright Board of Canada certified a tariff of 29¢ per blank CD for 2018 and 2019.


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