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David Basskin

President & CEO,
CMRRA
Toronto, ON, Canada
David A. Basskin is President and CEO of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) and Counsel to the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). He was educated at the University of Toronto, from which he received a B.A. in 1974 and an M.B.A. in 2003, and at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he obtained his LL.B. in 1977, and his LL.M. in 1999. Mr. Basskin was called to the bar of Ontario in 1979.

Prior to joining CMRRA and CMPA in 1989, Mr. Basskin worked as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Ontario, as Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel to CTV Television Network Ltd. and was a member of the legal department of Nelvana.

CMRRA is Canada's largest music licensing agency, representing thousands of music publishers and copyright owners. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licenses to record companies, internet music distributors, film and television producers, broadcasters and other users of the reproduction right in music and collects and distributes royalties arising from such licenses. As CMRRA's President, Mr. Basskin directs the negotiation and administration of the industry-standard licensing agreements and is responsible for CMRRA's tariffs filed with the Copyright Board of Canada. Mr. Basskin also acts as Counsel to CMRRA's parent body, CMPA and acts as its advocate in such areas as copyright reform, telecommunications and broadcast policy, frequently appearing before parliamentary committees, the CRTC and other government and regulatory bodies.