Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:38 AM
The first argument misses the point. The reference to "prospective users" in subsection 67.1(5) of the Copyright Act, which section 70.14 incorporates by reference in the general regime, is to users of the final tariff. Opt-out institutions do not know whether they may now be making protected uses requiring their compliance with a final tariff that does not yet exist. They can sever their relationship with Access if, and only if, they make no unauthorized, protected use of the repertoire of Access; that relationship is governed by facts and law, not intentions. More importantly, the Board’s power to order someone to provide relevant information is not limited to prospective users.
The second argument is misplaced. Access has no information from opt-out institutions. And as stated in the August 18 ruling, "[t]he June 6, 2011 ruling is clear: information concerning these institutions is relevant." The August 18 ruling required Access and ACCC to agree on which opt-out institutions should be approached precisely in order that only a reasonable number of these institutions be required to respond to the questions of Access.
The application for reconsideration is dismissed.
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