SOCAN encouraged by Canadian Government’s commitment to some music rights owners

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Toronto – Following on the heels of today’s Federal budget in Ottawa, Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN, stated: “We welcome the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing copyright terms in Canada. However, we are concerned that the Budget only referenced sound recordings and not the rights of creators and their publishers, and expect that this discrepancy will be addressed when the relevant legislation is introduced.”

SOCAN is a member-based and governed organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 125,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

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