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Recorded music no longer a wedding gift

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TORONTO -- Money can't buy love -- but if you want some great tunes playing at your wedding, it's going to cost you.

The Copyright Board of Canada has certified new tariffs that apply to recorded music used at live events.

In addition to weddings, the fees will apply to conventions, karaoke bars, ice shows and fairs.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada already collects money from many of these events for the songwriters.

Now a not-for-profit group called Re:Sound will collect fees on behalf of the record labels and performers who contributed to the music.

For weddings, receptions, conventions, assemblies and fashion shows, the fee is $9.25 per day if fewer than 100 people are present.

Karaoke bars will pay between $86 and $124 annually depending on how many days per week they permit the amateur crooning.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 2, 2012 G2

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