What is this all about?
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.
Eligibility criteria for private copying remuneration
The eligibility criteria for private copying remuneration can be found in Canada's Copyright Act and is as follows:
- An author of a musical work which is used in a sound recording is eligible to receive private copying levies if copyright exists in Canada in that musical work.
- A maker of a sound recording that uses a musical work is eligible to receive private copying levies if the maker, at the date of the first fixation of the sound recording, was a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or if a corporation had its headquarters in Canada and copyright exists in Canada in the sound recording.
- A performer of a musical work that is used in a sound recording is eligible to receive private copying levies if the performer was, at the date of the first fixation of the sound recording, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and copyright exists in Canada in the performer's performance.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to learn more about the process for submitting a claim for private copying royalties, please click on the right button below.