January 30, 2015 – CSI launches new Claims Website for post-2012 major label products: CSI has launched today a beta version of a new Claims Website that will provide music rightsholders the ability to review the list of musical works for which royalties have been paid into a newly established trust account (“Licensing Trust”) managed by CSI and created pursuant to the 2010 settlement of a Canadian class action lawsuit dealing with unpaid mechanical royalties by the major labels.
CSI’s Claims Website contains song and recording details related to unidentified, unlicensed or otherwise unpaid ownership shares for products released in Canada from January 1, 2013 onward by the three major record companies (Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada). The Claims Website is a function of the new licensing system that was established as part of the settlement of the class action pursuant to which the major labels are now required to make regular payments of undistributed royalties to the Licensing Trust.
The new Claims Website will be rolled out in two phases to align with the project’s development schedule. The initial phase, which is currently available in beta mode, will offer rightsholders the ability to review the available track and song details of the royalties that have been paid in the Licensing Trust. The second phase, which is scheduled for the spring, will provide rightsholders the ability to submit claims online, through a secure portal, as well as the ability to track each claim’s status and history.
The data sets that will be available for review upon the initial launch of the website will relate to the 3Q2013 through 2Q2014 royalties paid into the Licensing Trust by Universal Music Canada and Sony Music Entertainment Canada only. Further data sets will be added to the site once the associated royalty files have been successfully validated and processed by CSI.
September 15, 2012 – Claims & Market Share Distribution: A partial distribution of the settlement took place on September 15, 2012. Click here for a copy of the CSI information letter that was enclosed with this distribution.
February 3, 2012 – Publication of pending list items with a value greater than $1,000.00: The Claims Websitenow provides access to song and recording details provided by the four major record companies for tracks that have a minimum aggregate pending value of $1,000.00. Class members can review the information and make claims where appropriate. Please visit the “Claim Your Royalties” section of our website for more information.
December 15, 2011 – First Market Share Distribution: CSI’s first market share distribution took place on December 15, 2011. Click here for a copy of the CSI information letter that was enclosed with the payment.
January 31 2012 – Most recent notice to Class Members: Notice of Commencement of Claims Process
For the complete set of settlement documents and official notices related to this action, please visit the settlement website at www.pendinglistsettlement.com.