About the Private Copying Levy

The private copying levy is a royalty for music rights holders: songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists, musicians and record companies. The levy is collected to provide compensation to rights holders for copies of music made onto CD-Rs by Canadians for their own personal use.

Established in 1999, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) is an umbrella organization whose member collectives represent songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies. The CPCC is the non-profit organization responsible for collecting and administering the private copying levy on behalf of its member collectives. The private copying levy is distributed to music rights holders by CPCC's member collectives.

The member collectives that represent songwriters, composers and music publishers are:

  • Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA)
  • Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
  • Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC)

Re:Sound Music Licensing Company (Re:Sound) is the member collective that represents recording artists, musicians and record companies through its member collectives:

  • ACTRA Recording Artists' Collecting Society (ACTRA RACS)
  • ARTISTI (Société de gestion collective de l'Union des artistes inc.)
  • Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
  • Connect Music Licensing (formerly known as AVLA)
  • Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ)