Copyright Board to Decide Whether Gyms Should Pay an Additional Music Fee

The CBC reports that the Neighboring Rights Collective (NRC) has petitioned the Copyright Board of Canada for the right to charge gyms royalties for playing NRC members’ music.

The NRC is a music licensing agency which represents musicians and music companies. The NRC is targeting the performance of recorded music in fitness classes.

Gyms already pay a royalty to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). The NRC royalty, if approved, would be in addition to the SOCAN royalty.

The Copyright Board’s hearings on NRC’s application start April 27, 2010.

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