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8 Days of Tariff 8: Tariff 8 is a Lose/Lose/Lose

We believe the Tariff 8 decision set a dangerous precedent in Canada for streaming rates on music streaming services.

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There are three ways in which this decision negatively impacts the Canadian music industry:

  • Tariff 8 is bad for Canadian artists, who receive 10% of the streaming royalties from semi-interactive services as their American counterparts. This means that Canadian artists are paid 90% less than what other artists on similar services outside of the country are paid.
  • Tariff 8 is bad for international artists, who receive less royalties when their work is played on Canadian semi-interactive streaming services. This could lead to international artists refusing to have their music used on these services, potentially limiting content to Canadians.
  • Tariff 8 is bad for the economy because it shows just how unpredictable the Copyright Board is. It created a regulatory precedent that ignores the reality of the marketplace and will continue to harm the business climate and create a market of uncertainty. This may dissuade new services from entering the Canadian market, which means less choice for consumers.

Stand with us and join the conversation at #IStandForMusic.

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