SOCAN applauds the Government of Canada’s announcement to invest in the Copyright Board of Canada

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Toronto, February 28, 2018 – SOCAN is pleased to see the Government of Canada announce an investment of $5-million over five years for the Copyright Board of Canada in Budget 2018.

The injection of new funds for Copyright Board operations is one of SOCAN’s long-standing asks, and is more timely than ever.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste stated: “We are pleased to see new funds committed to the Copyright Board of Canada, coupled with the upcoming review, which were both well due and will hopefully lead to a reduction in delays for decisions.”

SOCAN would like to reiterate its intention to collaborate with the Government of Canada during the Copyright Board reform it has undertaken, and looks to share their expertise so that music creators and publishers receive fair and equitable compensation in a timely fashion.

SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

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