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When your songs are played, by various businesses, around the world – whether live in concert (by you or anyone else), on the radio, online, on TV, in movies, in bars, restaurants, cafés, night clubs, etc. – SOCAN collects the money that’s owed for those performances and distributes it to you as royalties. Part of SOCAN’s mission is to educate, advise and mentor emerging songwriters like you about the craft and business of music. We also tell the stories, and celebrate the successes, of emerging songwriters like you in our various SOCAN media platforms. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your songs, it’s our business to take care of you. We’ve got your back.

Question

How long does a copyright last?

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In Canada, copyright generally lasts for 50 years after the author (or the last surviving author) dies. However, there are exceptions. Copyright laws are different in other countries and the term of copyright may vary.

Jessy Lanza
Member

Jessy Lanza

SOCAN member, singer-songwriter and producer Jessy Lanza has a unique take on R&B, laced with haunting high-register vocals. Lanza was listed as one of the best new artists of 2013 by XLR8R. In a review of her debut album, Pull My Hair Back, she was described by U.K. newspaper The Guardian as "the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls," and ranked No. 4 on Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Albums of 2013. Pull My Hair Back, which Lanza co-produced, was released in the U.K. as well as Canada, and was short-listed for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, as was her second album Oh No, in 2016.