'Neighbouring rights' lobby finds government ally

Recent lobby efforts by Global Public Affairs' Jayson MacDonald and Monique Smith on behalf of Re:Sound, to amend the Copyright Act in support of seem to be having an effect.

Re:Sound, whose members include Music Canada members Universal, Warner, and Sony, ACTRA, MROC, Connect Music Licensing, ArtistI, and SOPROQ, is an advocacy group seeking improved financial compensation from sound recordings (i.e. neighbouring rights) for sound recording performers when their songs used in television and film.

Reporting in The Globe and Mail, cites that MP Tim Louis (Lib - Kitchener - Conestoga) has delivered letters of support of Re:Sound's position from musicians on changes to the Copyright Act. Re:Sound wants amendments to be included in the Federal Budget Implementation Bill coming with the release of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland's Budget 2024 on April 16.

For their part, Canadian Association of Broadcasters, who oppose the rights fee increase on behalf of Canada's broadcast consortium that includes Canada's radio and television broadcasters, have been on their own lobby blitz ahead of the release of the budget.

CAB President Kevin Desjardins comes out swinging in the article citing limited direct impact on individual musicians with the changes, but, major impacts on the Canadian broadcast industry with "$40-million being pulled out of Canada’s broadcasting sector, with the vast majority going primarily to foreign music labels and global performers," Desjardins is quoted saying in the article.