Ensure your songs are registered with BDS to take advantage of DAI technology

Beginning with the August 2007 distribution, SOCAN will be taking advantage of Digital Audio Identification (DAI) technology to provide a more complete record of performances on Canadian radio, using census data provided by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS).

SOCAN will receive 100 percent census-performance data from approximately 210 radio stations across the country. These represent nearly all of the major stations, covering most genres of music, in all key advertising markets across the country. More than 18 million radio performances will be captured each year, and approximately 65 percent of all SOCAN’s radio revenue will be distributed based on 100 percent census data.

BDS routinely receives and encodes (or “fingerprints”) songs from record labels, management companies, radio stations and companies like Musicrypt that use an encrypted, web-based system to transfer music. BDS also conducts its own research to locate and identify both new and legacy songs.

Check with your record label or management to determine whether your songs have been sent to BDS. If you are still uncertain, you can contact BDS by e-mail at clientservices@soundscan.com or Paul.Tuch@nielsen.com, or by phone at (905) 943-8481. If your songs are not currently registered with BDS, you can do so quickly, easily and free of charge here. As is the case when you register your works with SOCAN, only one of the songwriters of a given song needs to complete the BDS registration. If you’re releasing your songs to commercial radio in major markets, this is an essential step to maximize your royalties. So don't delay -- ensure that you’re registered today.

If you have any further questions about the new DAI technology, please view our DAI FAQs If you still require further information or assistance, e-mail members@socan.ca or call the SOCAN info line at 1-866-307-6226.