TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors
and Music Publishers of Canada, today commended the Supreme Court of
Canada for upholding the rights of the more than 110,000 creators
and publishers who SOCAN represents in Canada in decisions related to
the use of music on the Internet by large broadcasting corporations and
entertainment software companies.
SOCAN also expressed disappointment that the court chose not to uphold
the rights of music creators and publishers in all of the appeals
"The Supreme Court of Canada has reconfirmed the online rights of music
creators and publishers, and we believe that that the right final
decision has been made in the case of Internet streaming," said Eric
Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "We are, however, disappointed that the court
chose not to uphold the rights of our members in all of its decisions.
We will continue to fight for the legal rights of our members to be
compensated fairly for their work."
Composers, lyricists, songwriters, and publishers earn much of their
living through royalties collected by music copyright collectives, such
as SOCAN, in the form of licence fees paid by businesses in Canada that
use music as part of their operations.
The Supreme Court addressed the use of music online in the form of
downloads and musical previews, as well as the use of music in online
games. The Court confirmed, at least in one of these decisions, that
composers', lyricists', songwriters', and publishers' rights apply
online as well.
SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-based organization that represents the
Canadian performing rights of over 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
110,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN
collects licence fees from over 48,000 businesses from coast to coast
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
For further information:
Andrew Berthoff / Michael Critchley
Marketing and Communications, SOCAN
416.442.3836 / 416.445.8700 ext. 3784
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