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Television Retransmission Tariff

The Television Retransmission Tariff includes the rate at which royalties are payable and the share of the royalties that is payable to each of the nine retransmission collectives.  On December 19, 2008 the Copyright Board issued an Interim Decision in which it set out the terms of the Interim Television Retransmission Tariff, as of January 1, 2009. On December 21, 2012, the Copyright Board of Canada issued an Interim Decision in which it set out the terms of the Interim Television Retransmission Tariff, as of January 1, 2013. Both of these Interim Tariffs incorporate the terms of the Television Retransmission Tariff 2004-2008, except for the changes noted in the Interim Decisions, including changes to the rate and the share payable to each collective.

Most retransmitters must pay royalties monthly. Small retransmission systems pay annually. A retransmission system that serves no more than 6,000 subscribers pays royalties at a reduced rate. A system that serves no more than 2,000 subscribers and otherwise meets the definition of a “small retransmission system”, pays only $100 per year in total.

In addition to paying royalties, retransmitters must also comply with the other terms, including reporting certain information as required in the Television Retransmission Tariff. Reporting can be done using the forms listed on the forms section which form Appendix B of the Tariff or any other format agreed to by the collectives.



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