What does the list represent?

I) Items Related to Past Settlement Periods – Groups I, II and III

The settlement of the class action requires that the items for which the pending (unpaid) royalties are greater than $1,000 be published on a public website for Class Members to review and claim where applicable.

The list, therefore, contains song and recording details provided by the four major record companies for tracks that have a minimum aggregate pending value of $1,000.00.  That is, CSI has combined, wherever possible, multiple lower value pending items for the same, or similar, recordings in order to achieve the $1,000.00 threshold. Each of these lower value items are displayed separately in the list and must be individually researched and claimed.

For each item, CSI discloses all of the identifying information it received from the record companies as well as any additional information it can supplement from its own research.  Note, however, that the actual pending value of each track is not disclosed.

The amount available to be claimed for each item could be for 100% of the ownership of the musical work or could be for a fractional share of the musical work. As such, before you make a claim to a work you represent, it’s important to verify, and attest, that you have not been paid for your share of the musical work in relation to the applicable recording.

Each item is categorized as either a Medium-Value Item or a High-Value Item.

Medium-Value Items are those with an aggregate value greater than $1,000.00 but smaller than $2,500.00. These are to be published on this site for a period of six months.

High-Value Items are those with an aggregate value equal to or greater than $2,500.00. These are to be published on this site for a period of twelve months.

The deadlines for claims submissions for Groups I and II are now closed. The Claims Period for Group III Products will begin in the near future. Please visit the Claims Period page for more information on this topic.

This list does not contain any Low-Value Items for which the aggregate value is equal to or less than $1,000. The portion of the settlement allocated to Low-Value Items is paid to Class Members based on a market share allocation.

II) Items Related to Post-2012 Products

For Post-2012 Products, that is, products released in Canada starting January 1, 2013, the list represents items for which mechanical royalties have been paid into the Licensing Trust by the major record companies for ownership shares of musical works that have remained unidentified or unlicensed 150 days after the product’s release date.  Song and recording details, as provided by the record companies in their licence requests and royalty reporting, are displayed along with any additional information that CSI can supplement through its own research.  Individual royalty amounts are not disclosed, however the value category (High/Medium/Low) of each item is displayed.

In the majority of cases, CSI will display the ownership share percentage that is being held in trust, although there are certain line items in the data that will not carry this level of detail.  As such, before you make a claim to a work you represent, it’s important to verify, and attest, that you have not been paid for your share of the musical work in relation to the applicable recording.

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