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Publishers

If songs are the fuel of the music industry, then publishers are the vehicles these musical works travel through. As you, our SOCAN-affiliated publishers, work to achieve performances of the songs and compositions in your catalogues, we obtain information on those plays throughout the world. When they’re played, by various businesses around the world, SOCAN receives information related to the performances and collects the money that’s owed to you. We also advocate and lobby government so that the copyrighted works in your repertoire are protected by tariffs and more favourable laws. All of this is to make sure that you’re fairly compensated for the use of your music. At SOCAN, we strengthen your business by supporting your songwriters and composers because when we foster their creativity and development, it creates better results for everyone. When it comes to getting paid for performances, it’s SOCAN’s business to take care of you and your songwriters.

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.

Boi-1da
Member

Boi-1da

Boi-1da (a.k.a. Matthew Samuels) is a rap producer who started by winning three consecutive awards in Battle of the Beatmakers, then – along with Noah “40” Shebib – became a key member of Drake’s production team. In addition to his extensive work for Drake, Boi-1da has co-written and/or produced songs for Eminem, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and Chris Brown, among others. He’s earned eight Grammy nominations, and a 2015 SOCAN Pop/Rock Award for his work co-writing Down With Webster's “Chills.” The Jamaican-born, Toronto-based SOCAN member also helped bring a Caribbean influence to Drake on his 2016 Views album.