SOCAN, on behalf of SODRAC members and clients, is finally able to collect for the reproduction of music on CBC television broadcasts.

The Supreme Court of Canada determined that “broadcast incidental copies” have reproduction right value, as SOCAN/SODRAC was able to demonstrate. Broadcast incidental copies are copies of music embedded in audio-visual content made by broadcasters, that are necessary to facilitate television, radio, or online programming.

The Copyright Board of Canada ruled on the re-examination of its 2012 decision on the value of those music reproductions. SODRAC – the reproduction rights collective that SOCAN acquired in 2018 – successfully defended the 2012 ruling. That judgment ensured that associated royalties would be delivered to the music publishers, composers, and songwriters who rightfully earned them from the use of copies of their work.

Agreements have long been in place for commercial radio broadcast reproductions. SOCAN is now the only collective in Canada collecting television reproduction royalties for the benefit of their members and clients. After almost 10 years of litigation with CBC, the Copyright Board re-confirmed that broadcast incidental copies are essential to the broadcast business and are payable as reproduction royalties for rights-holders.

The result was a ruling in favour of rights-holders, awarding $1.5-million in 2008-2012 licenses. The final decision on the amount for the period 2012-2018 is still to be issued by the Copyright Board.

This decision has ongoing incremental value for music reproduction rights-holders. Now that a definitive value has been set, SOCAN will begin negotiations with additional Canadian broadcasters that require a license to use broadcast incidental copies of copyright music. SOCAN had already reached television reproduction agreements with Québec-based broadcasters and several English-speaking Bell and Corus channels.

In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN is continuing to operate at full capacity. To keep you posted about what we’re doing to adapt to the situation, and how we’re doing it, we present a series of SOCAN Leadership Updates – online video interviews with various SOCAN executives.

This time, SOCAN’s Vice-President of Information Technology, Trevor Jackson, discusses I.T.’s role in ensuring that our members have continued to receive their royalties, and what the department has learned from adapting to the pandemic.

In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN continues to conduct video interviews with our members – now online via meeting apps – in our new video series, “Staying Home with…” This time, it’s T. Thomason and Ria Mae.

In a video interview with SOCAN, The Launch TV competition winner T. Thomason and multiple East Coast Music Award winner Ria Mae discuss how the latter was totally obsessed with the song, how they co-wrote “Loser, Pt. II,” and the vulnerable heart of the song.