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When your songs are played, by various businesses, around the world – whether live in concert (by you or anyone else), on the radio, online, on TV, in movies, in bars, restaurants, cafés, night clubs, etc. – SOCAN collects the money that’s owed for those performances and distributes it to you as royalties. Part of SOCAN’s mission is to educate, advise and mentor emerging songwriters like you about the craft and business of music. We also tell the stories, and celebrate the successes, of emerging songwriters like you in our various SOCAN media platforms. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your songs, it’s our business to take care of you. We’ve got your back.

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What is "fair dealing" or "fair use"?

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The Canadian term "fair dealing" is similar but not the same as the American term "fair use." In Canada, it means that copyright is not infringed when a part of a work is used for private study, research, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting. The exact amount of any particular work that can be used and still be considered fair dealing is an issue dealt with by a judge.

Klô Pelgag
Member

Klô Pelgag

Ever since she burst onto the scene, SOCAN member Klô Pelgag has been like a breath of fresh air in the Francophone musical landscape. The singer-songwriter creates a universe populated by songs, baroque and absurd, that charm and surprise. Her finely-crafted music shines a spotlight on Pelgag’s instinctive desire to confront her own ways. Both her albums, L’Alchimie des monstres (2013) and L’Étoile thoracique (2016), were critically acclaimed, and have won many awards: the ADISQ, Prix Barbara, Révélation Radio-Canada, Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre, Prix Félix Leclerc de la chanson, and the 2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her song “Les ferrofluides-fleurs,” which she co-wrote with Karl Gagnon.