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FAQ - Reproduction Rights
Reproduction Rights - Licensing
SOCAN administers music licenses for two types of music usage rights: Performing Rights, the public performance of recorded or live music, and Reproduction Rights, any digital or analog copies made of music. Most uses of music – usually require licensing of both rights, for which music licenses need to be legally obtained.
It depends on the final use: our licensing agents apply different market rates in cue with the type of reproduction. Learn more about licensing
It is an authorization to reproduce or make a copy of music in digital and physical form.
Reproduction Rights - AV Post-Sync
If you are a published writer/composer, SOCAN Reproduction Rights will always follow the chain of title and take direction from your publisher. We encourage you to reach out to your publisher to ask if they are collecting these rights on your behalf.
Yes, you can still sign up with SOCAN Reproduction Rights for AV Post-Sync traditional which covers traditional television and motion pictures and AV Post-Sync digital which covers online digital platforms. Currently, SOCAN is one of the only music rights organizations in Canada that collects these rights and the only one which already matches cue sheets to usage reports. This would also bring the benefit of having this AV Post-Sync paid out alongside the performing right.
Yes, absolutely! Our a la carte offer provides clients the opportunity to affiliate only for the rights they choose. The agreement can be terminated at any time with written notice and is effective at the end of the second calendar quarter following receipt of written notice.
You can affiliate with SOCAN Reproduction Rights by filling out this form. Please keep in mind that you can only affiliate if you are a member of SOCAN for Performing Rights or another performing rights organization and the rightsholder of at least one musical work. If you are a published writer, we will take direction from your Publisher. However, if you are a writer with your own self-published music, you can have SOCAN Reproduction Rights administer AV Post-Sync rights on your behalf.
There should never be a buyout for a pre-existing work: you are fully entitled to provide a sync license while reserving your right to AV Post-Sync which will be paid for by the end user and not the producer.
It’s best to check your agreement. Every agreement is different. Therefore, it is possible that the commissioned works you create assigns all rights to the company you are working for. It’s best to have a lawyer review the terms of your agreement and provide you with advice specific to your situation. If you are under a SPACQ Agreement, SOCAN Reproduction Rights has specifically inserted a clause which allows us to collect AV Post-Sync for commissioned works on your behalf if you mandate us such right.
It all depends on your agreement, but it should not since AV Post-Sync is in addition to your sync business. These are two distinct revenue streams paid by different licensees. Our goal is to acknowledge that when audio-visual work is streamed or broadcast, reproductions are made to make that happen. These reproductions can be licensed for AV Post-Sync revenue, in addition to traditional sync revenue streams. The fact that SOCAN has concluded AV Post-Sync agreements with major streaming platforms and TV channels is recognition that this is an additional revenue stream.
SOCAN’s extensive experience with acquiring and managing cue sheets ensures that the usage reports we receive are matched to your songs and paid accordingly for each use. We also report on details such as production, episode, usage count, usage type and duration.
AV Post-Sync is distributed at the same time as our other distributions - on a quarterly basis. We then report on details such as production, episode, usage count, usage type and duration in your distribution statements.
No. AV Post-Sync is paid for directly by the broadcaster or digital platform who shows the audio-visual program, unlike sync licenses which are paid by producers or music supervisors for permission to sync music to visuals for specific projects. SOCAN is then providing AV Post-Sync royalty streams, in addition to sync revenue streams, to all its clients who have chosen us to manage these rights.
SOCAN charges a fixed seven percent (7%) commission taken from the Domestic Gross Revenue collected. The rest goes to you, with detailed reporting. No other fee will be deducted. For international royalties, a five percent (5%) commission is applied.
We have negotiated a top line rate inclusive of both Performing and Reproduction Rights in line with industry rates. The amount you will receive is based on a variety of factors with distribution based on the usage of your works by licensees.
No. This is a right collected by many foreign societies with whom SOCAN already has agreements with. This does not exist in the US, though. But US rightsowners can join SOCAN to benefit from this revenue stream for uses in Canada. SOCAN is collecting this right in Canada but also all over the world where this right exists. If your work goes international and that country collects on such right, we’ve got you covered.
No. AV Post-Sync is in addition to your sync business. Sync and AV Post-Sync are two distinct revenue streams paid by different licensees. Sync occurs when a Producer or Music Supervisor requires your permission to reproduce one of your songs in a movie or TV series. AV Post-Sync occurs when such movie or TV series is streamed or broadcast, and the reproductions that are created to facilitate that broadcast, like when a server copy is created or when a memory cache copy exists to allow, for example, offline streaming. This AV Post-Sync is then paid for to SOCAN, alongside the sync right (if administered by SOCAN) and the Performing Right.
All major digital video on-demand platforms and private and public broadcasters need to clear AV Post-Sync rights through SOCAN.
No, it is not new. It may be that you have not heard of it until now. SOCAN has been collecting AV Post-Sync domestically and abroad. We were instrumental in getting this right recognized under Canadian law, providing this AV Post -Sync royalty stream, in addition to sync revenue streams, to all our clients who have chosen us to manage this right.
AV Post-Sync is paid directly by the broadcaster or digital platform who shows the audio-visual program, unlike sync licenses which are paid by producers or music supervisors for permission to sync music to visuals for specific projects. So, you may already be receiving sync royalties, but SOCAN is best equipped to collect the AV Post-Sync and bring additional value to you.
No, signing up with SOCAN for AV Post-Sync rights should not impact your current Canadian affiliation, subject to the terms of your affiliation agreement, and producers/music supervisors will not have to pay extra fees. We have direct agreements with major commercial networks, social platforms, and online streaming services who pay us directly for AV Post-Sync. AV Post -Sync is paid for directly by the broadcaster or digital platform who shows the audio-visual program, unlike sync licenses which are paid by producers/music supervisors for permission to sync music to visuals for specific projects. We provide AV Post-Sync royalty streams, in addition to sync revenue streams, to all our clients who have chosen us to manage this right. It’s an opportunity for you to earn more money for your music in film and tv.
You get paid AV Post-Sync royalties when your music is played or reproduced offline or on-demand. SOCAN distributes Performing Rights royalties and Reproduction Rights royalties four times a year.
SOCAN is one of the leading organizations in Canada that collects AV Post-Sync rights. This is a right collected by many foreign societies with whom SOCAN already has agreements with. This does not exist in the US, though. But US rightsowners can join SOCAN to benefit from this revenue stream for Canada’s uses. SOCAN is collecting this right in Canada but also all over the world. If your work goes international and that country collects on such right, we’ve got you covered.
AV Post-Sync is a distinct right that is different from your Performing Rights. Being a member of SOCAN for Performing Rights will not automatically allow us to administer your Reproduction Rights. You must affiliate with SOCAN Reproduction Rights specifically for AV Post-Sync by signing up with us. To sign up, complete this form.
Because you might be leaving money on the table! Whether you write music for TV or place your existing songs in TV shows – you should be collecting royalties for your Reproduction Rights in addition to your sync royalties and existing Performing Rights that are already managed by SOCAN. We were instrumental in having AV Post-Sync rights recognized in Canadian law and, more importantly, to establish a fair and significant value to it. SOCAN Reproduction Rights already has numerous deals in place and our team has more than 20 years of experience distributing audio-visual royalties for Reproduction Rights and a proven system that leverages SOCAN’s acquisition of cue sheets.
AV Post-sync is in addition to your sync royalties and existing Performing Rights already managed by SOCAN. It is a Reproduction Right which occurs when an audio-visual product is either broadcast (Commercial TV) or streamed (SVOD). Post-synchronization happens after the sync has occurred and applies to activities such as creating server copies and allowing offline streaming. SOCAN is one of the leading Canadian collectives collecting AV Post-Sync in Canada and abroad.