Claim period began April 3, 2017, for settlement in unpaid mechanical and video royalties class action

April 4, 2017

The claim period has begun, after a settlement in an unpaid mechanical and video royalties class action, and SOCAN members can claim their unpaid royalties now.

In 2008, a proposed class action was initiated in Ontario against Sony BMG Music (Canada) Inc., now Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., (“Sony”), EMI Group Canada Inc. (“EMI”), Universal Music Canada Inc. (“Universal”), Warner Music Canada Co. (“Warner”), the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (“CMRRA”) and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SODRAC) Inc. (“SODRAC”), in which it was alleged that the record companies were liable for , without securing the necessary mechanical licenses and/or without payment of the necessary royalties.  Settlement agreements were reached with the defendants in 2010. The settlement agreements were approved by the Court by Order dated May 31, 2011.

Pursuant to the court-approved settlement agreements, CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. (“CSI”) was appointed as Settlement Administrator. An initial claims period was held for Group I Products which relate to Products Released at any time up to and including June 30, 2007 and Group II Products which are Products Released between July 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2009, inclusive. The Group I and II Products claims period concluded in February of 2013.

The settlement agreements required a further payment of additional amounts on account of Group III Products which are Products Released between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2012, inclusive. The claims period for the Group III Items commenced on Apr. 3, 2017.

In order to facilitate the individual class process for class members for the Medium- and High-Value Group III items, CSI will make the Medium- and High-Value Group III information available on a searchable web-based system (the “Claims Website”). The Claims Website is at http://www.cmrrasodrac.ca/en/pending-list-class-action-settlement/claims-website/.

Claims for Medium-Value items, which are those items with a value between $1,000 and $2,500, must be filed on or before Oct. 3, 2017 while claims for High-Value Items, which are those items with a value of $2,500 and above, must be filed by Apr. 3, 2018.

Once an ownership claim has been established and verified, CSI will facilitate payment to the class member. Claims will be reviewed and processed in a timely manner following the conclusion of the claims period.

If you have questions about the claims process, please visit the Claims Website, or contact CSI by e-mail at pendingsettlementinquiries@cmrrasodrac.ca. A copy of the Court-approved Notice of the Commencement of the Group III Claims Process, can be viewed at www.pendinglistsettlement.com.