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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 do I copyright my work?

A.

Copyright is inherent upon the creation of a musical work, but there is actually only one way to officially “copyright” your works in Canada, and that’s through CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office).  Sending a copy to yourself is not “copyrighting” your works, but helps establish the date you claim the song came into existence.

Cœur de pirate
Member

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de pirate (a.k.a. Béatrice Martin) is a Francophone singer-songwriter from Montreal, with a compelling voice and emotionally resonant songs, who's been credited with bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth. Singing mostly in French and occasionally in English, Cœur de pirate has earned five JUNO Award nominations, won four Felix awards at Quebec's ADISQ gala, and garnered the International Achievement Award at the Francophone SOCAN Awards in Montreal in 2010. The SOCAN member also won both a Victoires de la Musique Award in France, and a Canadian Independent Music Award.