Canadian Musician - January / February - Page 13

Bell Media, Music Canada & Re:Sound Partner to Improve Radio Royalty Collections Music Canada, Re:Sound, and Bell Media have launched new advancements in cross-platform reporting. The new process aligns terrestrial broadcast data with digital to serve music industry stakeholders with greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability. Bell Media radio stations are now automatically tracking complete sound recording data, including International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC), on new tracks from major record labels and independent label partners. With the elimination of manual processes, the new re- porting system has resulted in cleaner data, which significantly benefits all rights holders, such as artists, background musicians, songwriters, and music publishers, through organizations (SOCAN, CMRRA, SODRAC, etc.) relying on broadcast data to get royalties to rights holders. The new system is part of an ongoing project to develop administrative efficiencies by Music Canada and Re:Sound. Through consolidat- ing multiple data sets, maximizing the use of ISRC, and other improvements, the project has so far resulted in faster payouts and 28 per cent more revenue for major labels and members of CIMA (the Canadian Independent Music Association), according to the organizations. Music Canada & SOCAN Welcome Copyright Act Review In mid-December 2017, the Minister of In- novation, Science and Economic Develop- ment, Navdeep Bains, in conjunction with Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, launched the federal government’s review of the Copyright Act with a motion asking the Standing Committee on Industry, Sci- ence and Technology to conduct a study on the issue. The review of the Copyright Act was expected as the 2012 reforms mandated a five-year review in order to assess its effectiveness. “Music creators, and all creators who depend on copyright, deserve a Copyright Act that protects their rights when their works are commercialized by others,” says Music Canada President Graham Hen- derson. “This is our chance to address the value gap threatening the livelihood of Canadian creators and the future of Cana- dian culture.” Music Canada says it will be participat- ing in the process to “ensure that creators are fairly compensated for the use of their works under the revised Act.” “Canadian copyright legislation is lag- ging behind that of other G7 countries, and I hope that, through this review, Canada will want to assume a world leadership position on copyright, as it does on other issues,” adds SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “In a sector in turmoil, especially with the arrival of new ways to consume and listen to music, more than ever we need strong copyright protection to ensure that music creators and publishers are fairly compen- sated for their work.” SOCAN will work with the various par- liamentary committees that will review the current law to provide expertise. W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 13