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Publishers

If songs are the fuel of the music industry, then publishers are the vehicles these musical works travel through. As you, our SOCAN-affiliated publishers, work to achieve performances of the songs and compositions in your catalogues, we obtain information on those plays throughout the world. When they’re played, by various businesses around the world, SOCAN receives information related to the performances and collects the money that’s owed to you. We also advocate and lobby government so that the copyrighted works in your repertoire are protected by tariffs and more favourable laws. All of this is to make sure that you’re fairly compensated for the use of your music. At SOCAN, we strengthen your business by supporting your songwriters and composers because when we foster their creativity and development, it creates better results for everyone. When it comes to getting paid for performances, it’s SOCAN’s business to take care of you and your songwriters.

Question

How do I obtain permission to sample a song?

A.

Using any samples without permission of the original copyright owner may constitute copyright infringement. In that case, both the copyright owner of the recording of the song or composition, and the copyright owner of the song or composition itself, must grant permission.

Karim Ouellet
Member

Karim Ouellet

A great deal has happened since the release of SOCAN member Karim Ouellet’s first album, FOX and its subsequent win for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNO Awards. Born in Dakar, and a proud resident of Québec, where he grew up, Ouellet offers a unique brand of pop tinged with soul, reggae, rock, and electronic music that he delivers with an almost nonchalant grace. The singer-songwriter quickly carved a niche for himself on Québec radio, and he’s amassed No. 1s and Popular Music SOCAN Awards at the Montréal Gala. With more than 200 shows under his belt already, all over the Francophone world, he’s become a master at expressing amorous feelings through silky-smooth pop songs.