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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 obtain permission to sample a song?

A.

Using any samples without permission of the original copyright owner may constitute copyright infringement. In that case, both the copyright owner of the recording of the song or composition, and the copyright owner of the song or composition itself, must grant permission.

The Weeknd
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The Weeknd

The Weeknd's speedy rise to world pop domination has been extraordinary. One of SOCAN's most celebrated songwriters, he’s been nominated for an Academy Award, and won two Grammies and nine JUNOs. The Weeknd began completely anonymously in 2011, breaking out with three download-only mixtapes of dark, moody R&B. His Beauty Behind the Madness album has sold more than three million units in America alone, where three of its singles have each sold multi-platinum. The title-track lead single from his current album Starboy was streamed 17 million times globally in its opening weekend, , and his April 2018 album My Dear Melancholy, was his third to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. charts.