SOCAN Welcomes the Tabling of Private Member Bill C-299

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Society of Composers and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) welcomes news that today, Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, introduced Private Member’s Bill C-299, which extends copyright protection for Canadian authors, composers and music publishers.

On behalf of its members, SOCAN has been advocating for enhanced copyright protection, extending it from life plus 50 years to life plus 70 years.

“We are beyond pleased to see Private Member’s Bill C-299 introduced today in the House of Commons,” said Eric Baptiste, SOCAN’s Chief Executive Officer. “If passed, the new bill will strengthen Canada’s music ecosystem by bringing copyright protection for Canadian authors and composers in line with international standards. This issue extends beyond party lines and we encourage Members of Parliament from all parties to support the bill.”

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-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 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 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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