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Silence isn’t golden, it’s awkward. Imagine a bar or restaurant without music; you’re left with the aggravating sounds of clinking tableware, clanking pots and pans, and dishes being swept into bins by wait staff. What about a retail store without music? Boring at best. It’s a fact: Music helps business succeed. It creates an overall positive customer experience, with the potential to keep customers in the store longer so that they can spend more, eat more, and drink more. The money paid to play that music, through SOCAN licenses, is used to compensate music creators, whose music is used to make your business better and more successful. Join SOCAN to start using music in your business, legally and ethically, and support songwriters, composers and music publishers that create and nurture it.

Question

Is SOCAN only able to license internet services located in the Canadian territory?

A.

SOCAN has the right to seek license fees from any Internet service that communicates musical works in the territory of Canada, no matter where the transmission originates. As long as the communication has a “real and substantial” connection to Canada, the service responsible for that communication requires a SOCAN license.

Jeff Toyne
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Jeff Toyne

In 2017, Jeff Toyne, one of SOCAN‘s #ComposersWhoScore, was scoring DirecTV’s third season of Rogue. Toyne’s feature film credits include Damaged (2014), Abel’s Field (2013), Twist of Faith (2013), and The Privileged (2013). In television, Toyne has scored several features for the Lifetime channel, including Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011), winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Movie, and the MPSE Golden Reel Award. Toyne has also scored The Devil You Know (Investigation Discovery, 2010-2013). He was named one of Playback magazine’s Ten to Watch in 2011, has been commissioned by the Canadian Armed Forces, and is an alumnus of the Sundance Composers Lab.