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A radio satellite service is a radio broadcasting company that holds a license from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and that intends to use a multiple-channel radio service by subscription or any other similar service to distribute audio content on several channels via satellite and/or land. This service is received directly by subscribers for their private use. The companies in question are Sirius Canada and XM Radio.

On April 11, 2009, the Copyright Board of Canada approved a tariff for royalties collected from satellite radio services in connection with the reproduction of musical works during the years 2006-2009.

What rights does this license authorize ?

As a service provider, including your authorized distributors, this Tariff authorizes you to*:

  • Reproduce and to use reproductions of all or part of a musical work in the repertoire for the purpose of delivering the audio content of the service’s channels to subscribers for their private use via satellite, terrestrial transmitters or other means of distribution.
  • Authorize a person to reproduce a musical work in the repertoire for the purpose of delivering to the service a copy of the musical work that can be used to deliver the service to subscribers.
  • Authorize subscribers in Canada to reproduce the musical work for their own private use.

How to obtain a license

CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. automatically grants licences for permanent or limited download of audio files upon payment of the royalties foreseen under the Tariff. However, please note that you may obtain a license or more information by contacting the Director, Rights Department, by telephone: 514 845-3268, ext. 249, or by email:


No later than the first day of each month, a service shall pay the royalties due that month and report the service’s gross revenue for the reference month;

Current tariff 2006-2009 --- Erratum

The rates are set as a function of the types of reproduction made*:

  • 0,10 % for reproductions made in the course of programming
  • 1,87 % for reproductions involved when a receiver has extended buffer and replay functions
  • 2,90% for reproductions made when a receiver has MP3-like functionalities.

* Source: News Release

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