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Amid the profusion of new music distribution platforms, it is increasingly difficult for authors and composers to control how their works are used and to ensure that their rights are fully protected. Similarly, it may be difficult for users to personally track down various artists, authors, publishers and rights holders in order to obtain their authorization to reproduce certain works. Thanks to its unique position in North America, backed by its collective management skills in the area of music reproduction rights, SODRAC facilitates the process for everyone involved by serving as an intermediary between users of musical works and the authors and rights holders it represents.

SODRAC members enjoy a wide range of benefits

When you become a SODRAC member, you will be able to create with complete peace of mind. In addition, collective management of your musical works means that you receive a wide range of benefits:

  • Your works are represented in approximately 100 foreign countries and territories.
  • You benefit from the range and prominence of SODRAC’s repertoire in negotiations with music users and distributors.
  • You benefit from numerous general agreements with music users, together with tariffs approved by the Copyright Board of Canada covering a broad range of uses.
  • You retain control over how your works are used on a variety of platforms.
  • You receive privileged sector-specific information.
  • You are paid private copying royalties at a special rate.
  • You benefit from our convenient one-stop service for users making royalty payments.

In addition, effective April 1, 2009, SODRAC members who so desire may take advantage of a series of rights management changes. These changes were implemented following a wide-ranging consultation process undertaken in fall 2008 involving SODRAC members, non-members and music industry stakeholders. They pertain to self-production, direct licensing, 1st integration (synchronization) rights, commissioned works, master recording management and educational and promotional projects. For further information, click here.

Strength in numbers

Representing more than 6000 authors, composers and publishers across Canada, SODRAC plays a key role alongside users of musical works. To ensure that our members’ interests are fully represented in the music industry, we have negotiated general agreements with a number of users.

SODRAC also manages the use of certain products in accordance with Copyright Board-approved tariffs.

Agreements have been signed with the following users of musical works:

  • TVA Group
  • Illico
  • Télé-Québec
  • CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Télévision Quatre-Saisons (TQS)
  • MusiquePlus/MusiMax
  • Consortium de télévision Québec Canada (TV5)
  • ARTV
  • Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports (MELS)
  • Pay audio services

Tariffs apply to:

  • Videocopies of films
  • Community radio stations
  • Commercial radio stations, including Internet simulcasts
  • Satellite radio
  • Online music services (downloads and subscription audio-on-demand streaming)

There is no charge to become a SODRAC member. Apply today and gain peace of mind.

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