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Broadcasters

Whether you broadcast a TV or cable TV show that includes music in some of the programming, or operate a terrestrial, satellite or online radio station that broadcasts music, getting Licensed To Play by SOCAN means that the people who created that music are compensated for your use of their work. You’re also making sure that the music used to build your viewership or listenership is used fairly, legally and ethically. The license fees that broadcasters pay to SOCAN for the public performance of music – whether via cue sheets for individual music performances or blanket licenses for all music performances within a given time period – compensate songwriters, composers and music publishers that make up SOCAN.

Question

I rent my venue to promoters. Shouldn’t they be responsible for paying the SOCAN fee?

A.

Both the owner of the venue and the promoter can be held responsible for the unlicensed performance.

DVBBS
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DVBBS

DVBBS (pronounced "dubs") are an electronic dance music duo composed of brothers Chris Chronicles and Alex Andre (both of whose true family name is van den Hoef). They had a huge global hit with Borgeous, “Tsunami,” which reached No. 1 on the Beatport Chart, topped charts in Belgium and The Netherlands, and went Top 10 in Sweden, France and Denmark. A vocal remix of the song, “Tsunami (Jump),” featuring Tinie Tempah, reached No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The SOCAN member duo has been ranked No.16 in the world by DJ Magazine, and they’ve performed worldwide, with the likes of Tiësto, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake, and many others.