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Rights Management

SOCAN administers and protects the performing and reproduction rights of more than 150,000 songwriters, music publishers, composers, and visual artists. We offer an integrated approach to rights management and compelling solutions for our rights holders’ reproduction and performing rights. Through reciprocal agreements with more than 100 copyright collectives in 214 countries, we collect and distribute royalties internationally for the use of copyrighted works, connecting millions of creators worldwide.

Performing Rights

The performing right is the right to perform a song or composition in public – such as in a live concert, background music, a radio or TV broadcast, a streaming playlist at a bar, or any other type of public performance. The performing right gives copyright owners of songs the sole right to perform, or authorize the performance in public, of their songs. SOCAN administers these performing rights on behalf of its members by collecting and distributing royalties when songs are publicly performed.

To have SOCAN manage your performing rights, sign up here.

Reproduction Rights

Music

The reproduction right gives rights holders’ of a song the sole right to authorize the reproduction of their work on various media, including CDs, records, and digital media. SOCAN administers these reproduction rights on behalf of the rights holders we represent by issuing licenses for the reproduction to such organizations as music labels and digital service providers.

Visual Arts and Crafts

The reproduction right gives rights holders' of an artistic work the sole right to authorize the reproduction of their work on various mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, architectural works, engraving, photographs. SOCAN administers these reproduction rights on behalf of the rights' holder by issuing licenses for the reproduction of their members' works.

To learn more about reproduction rights, visit our Reproduction Rights Services page.

Interpolated Work: A song that is not written expressly for an audio-visual production but is taken from an outside source (e.g., recording) and used within that production.
Dean Brody
Member

Dean Brody

Dean Brody has earned 13 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, four SOCAN Awards for his songwriting, and two JUNOs, and he’s played on the JUNO Awards broadcast, too. His massive country radio hit “Bring Down the House” won Brody 2016 CCMA honours in the Single, Video, Songwriting and Top Selling Single categories. The longtime SOCAN member likes to tell cinematic stories that resonate both emotionally and musically, creating vivid real-life characters. Unlike lots of country music, which is co-written with professional songwriters, Brody writes alone.