Canadian College Stations: We'll Shut Net Streams If SOCAN Tariff Passes
November 6, 2006 at 5:41 AM (PT)
A proposed tariff may jeopardize Canadian colleges' ability to stream their audio on the Internet. Tariff 22, proposed by SOCAN, would require the stations to pay 7.5% of their gross annual revenue or C$200/month, whichever is greater, for the licensing right to play the performing-rights organization's music, a fee that many stations say will prompt them to shut down their streams.
The tariff will be the subject of an APRIL 17 OTTAWA public hearing; the NATIONAL CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY RADIO ASSOCIATION plans to argue the college stations' case at the hearing.