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A video copy of a musical work is a copy of a predominantly musical audiovisual work on any video medium (such as DVD). The following works are considered to be predominantly audiovisual works:

  • Show or concert captions;
  • Video clips;
  • Variety programs;
  • Physical exercise shows;
  • Documentaries on music, artists or composers.

What rights does this license authorize?

This license authorizes you to:

  • Reproduce, assemble or mix musical works that are part of the SODRAC repertoire and that are already synchronized to an audiovisual work with the final visual cut of all musical video copies listed in the license request;
  • Reproduce any musical work thus synchronized to this musical video copy according to the specifications that appear on the backside of the reproduction license.

How to obtain a license

  • Members of the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ): on May 30, 2012, SODRAC and ADISQ reached an agreement in principle concerning phonogram (CDs) and music videogram royalties (DVDs). This agreement in principle approved by our respective decision-making bodies will be set out in the near future in a final agreement.

    This agreement covers a three-year period, from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014. Any licence for recordings before this period is subject to the terms and conditions of the former agreement (in French only) and of the Amendement à la licence cadre (in French only). We will provide you with full information on the terms and conditions of the new agreement, and on its implementing rules, as soon as the final version is completed. For more information, please contact the ADISQ labels Supervisor at 514-845-3268, ext. 227.

  • Members of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association, CRIA), specific conditions apply according to the licences issued. For more information, please contact a Music Canada Labels Agent at 514 845-3268, ext. 245.
  • All other producers who have not signed a collective agreement: please fill out the License Request Form. Once your payment is received, we will send you your license, which you must sign and date. Please return the “SODRAC” copy only. For further details, please email our Audio Licensing Department at or call (514) 845-3268, ext. 251.


For ADISQ members:

  • Per work rate of $0.086 foreseen in the SODRAC-ADISQ agreement in principle for the period of January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014.

For Music Canada members:

  • Rate foreseen in the SODRAC-Music Canada agreement applied in the licences issued to these members.

For producers who have not signed a collective agreement:

  • $0.096 for a work of five minutes or less;
  • 20% of the rate is due for each minute after the first five minutes of a reproduced work;

Administrative fees apply.

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