Here is the Board’s decision of December 23, 2010. Here is the Interim Tariff dated December 23, 2010. Here is the Board’s redlined version comparing the Interim Tariff as granted to the AUCC model license.
The justifications advanced by AC for this interim tariff included:
• preservation of the status quo;
• promotion of legal certainty; and,
• relief for AC against the “deleterious effects of the length of the hearing”.
The interim tariff was vigorously opposed by several major associations in the post-secondary establishment, including ACCC, AUCC, CASA, CAUT, and CFS on behalf of their members. There were also forceful objections by the Province of Alberta, Athabasca University and Prof. Ariel Katz. Various objections by one or more of the participants included the following grounds:
• lack of jurisdiction;
• lack of evidence; and
• procedural fairness.
The above summary is very cursory and mentions only some of the many issues raised by the various participants. I have attempted to publish all of the written submissions (without attachments) from AC and all of the participants earlier on this blog.
In an unusual twist, the Board sets dates for further submissions “since this tariff is being issued even though its provisions would benefit from fuller discussion”. Also, the Board stated that:
This decision is being issued without reasons because the Board considers this matter to be urgent. Reasons will follow.Naturally, we all await the reasons for decision with great interest.
It will be interesting to see if and, if so, when judicial review proceedings (i.e. “appeal” for non-lawyers) are commenced by one or more participants. If this happens, then it is possible that the interim tariff itself will be set aside by the Federal Court of Appeal in the next several weeks or months and that there could even be, if sought, an interim stay of the interim tariff, pending the full determination of any judicial review application.
Check back on this blog for updates when the Board releases its reasons as well as any news as to judicial review applications or other developments.
As well, another major and potentially relevant event to watch out for in the next weeks in the context of this Copyright Board case will be the judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) as to whether it will grant leave to appeal in the CMEC K-12 case. This would not be surprising, given that leave was just granted in the SOCAN “previews” case and that the K-12 decision is arguably, inter alia, inconsistent with the slightly earlier “previews” decision in the same Court on the fair dealing issue. Whether the SCC takes the K-12 case, and if so what it does with it, is bound to be very important in the eventual outcome of the AC posts-secondary tariff application.
On a closing note, Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all my readers, including those with whom I may respectfully disagree or critique in the wonderful and efficient marketplace of ideas that the blogosphere makes possible and even inevitable. Thank you all for your interest in this blog, which is approaching its fifth birthday on January 10, 2011.