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On-demand streaming by subscription (audio) is the paid transmission of an audio product chosen by the consumer that is not intended to generate a download and that can be listened to when the user desires.

For this type of use, SODRAC applies the Tariff certified by the Copyright Board of Canada for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

To see the list of online music services authorized to distribute musical works, click here.

What rights does this license authorize?

This license, which applies to all online music services in Canada, authorizes you to:

  • Reproduce all or part of a musical work in the repertoire for the purpose of transmitting it in a file to consumers in Canada via the Internet or another similar computer network, including by wireless transmission.
  • Authorize a person to reproduce the musical work for the purpose of delivering to the service a file that can then be reproduced and transmitted pursuant to paragraph a).
  • Authorize consumers in Canada to further reproduce the musical work for their own private use.

Unauthorized use under the Tariff:

  • A work may not be reproduced in a medley, to create a mix or for use in a sample;
  • A musical work may not be associated for advertising purposes to a product, service, cause or institution;
  • The rights holder to a sound recording of a musical work may not authorize the reproduction of a work.

How to obtain a license

CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. automatically grants licences for on-demande streaming of audio files upon payment of the royalties foreseen under the Tariff. Please note that we are currently waiting for the Copyright Board’s approval of our Tariffs for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

To obtain a license, please email our Audio Licensing Department at or call (514) 845-3268, ext. 234.


Current Tariff

  • 5,18 % of the amount paid by the consumer subject to a minimum of $0,3453 per month, per subscriber.
  • Transmission for free: $0.09 per file sent, per visitor, subject to a maximum of $0.3453 per visitor, per month.

Please click on the years to open the Tariffs proposed for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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