TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Gilles Daigle, one of the foremost
experts on copyright law, has joined SOCAN - the Society of Composers,
Authors & Music Publishers of Canada - as General Counsel, Head of
Throughout his career, Daigle has helped to guide SOCAN's work to
protect, promote and fight for the rights of Canada's music creators
and publishers, having worked for more than 23 years as SOCAN's
external legal counsel at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. During that
time he has represented SOCAN in numerous legal proceedings before the
Copyright Board of Canada and the Courts.
Daigle succeeds Paul Spurgeon, who retired after many years of stellar
and often groundbreaking service to Canadian creators and music
publishers. With Daigle SOCAN will continue to be a leader in the
Canadian and global digital music arena.
"Gilles Daigle joining SOCAN is a major plus for Canadian songwriters
and music publishers," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "He will be a key
player in SOCAN's plans to be a global trailblazer on behalf of our
rights-owners in the increasingly digital, mobile, borderless and
innovative world of music consumption."
"With SOCAN I will continue to raise the bar for music rights and work
to bring even more value to what the organization does for its members
and licensees," Daigle said. "Working so closely with SOCAN for so many
years means that becoming an employee will be seamless. I arrive at
SOCAN at a time when the rights of music creators, more than ever, must
be protected and furthered."
While at Gowlings, Daigle was twice honoured by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as lead partner in two copyright cases involving SOCAN. He is
a frequent speaker at copyright law events and a regular guest lecturer
at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.
SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-based 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
110,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall.
SOCAN collects license fees from 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. www.socan.ca
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