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Event Producers

As a concert promoter, booker or event producer arranging for live music to be played in whatever venue you may rent or own to house your event, you need to obtain the necessary license from SOCAN to be able to play that music legally and ethically. Anything from an outdoor music festival, to a club or bar performance requires a SOCAN license to ensure that those who wrote and published the music are compensated for their work. As the promoter, booker or producer of a live music event, becoming Licensed To Play with SOCAN ensures that you’re doing the right thing and getting music creators paid when their music is performed at your event.

Question

What is "fair dealing" or "fair use"?

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The Canadian term "fair dealing" is similar but not the same as the American term "fair use." In Canada, it means that copyright is not infringed when a part of a work is used for private study, research, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting. The exact amount of any particular work that can be used and still be considered fair dealing is an issue dealt with by a judge.

Karim Ouellet
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Karim Ouellet

A great deal has happened since the release of SOCAN member Karim Ouellet’s first album, FOX and its subsequent win for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNO Awards. Born in Dakar, and a proud resident of Québec, where he grew up, Ouellet offers a unique brand of pop tinged with soul, reggae, rock, and electronic music that he delivers with an almost nonchalant grace. The singer-songwriter quickly carved a niche for himself on Québec radio, and he’s amassed No. 1s and Popular Music SOCAN Awards at the Montréal Gala. With more than 200 shows under his belt already, all over the Francophone world, he’s become a master at expressing amorous feelings through silky-smooth pop songs.