Former SOCAN legal counsel announced as Christopher J. Reed award winner

Claude Brunet
May 11, 2017

Claude Brunet was unanimously selected as the 2017 recipient of the Christopher J. Reed Award, named in honour of the renowned music publisher who passed away in 2012.

The award is given each year to a person with outstanding achievements in the professional music publisher community, the utmost respect for creators and their copyrights, and whose contribution to the trade, and awareness of the work of music publishing, is exceptional. The award ceremony is organized by the Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM), with SOCAN’s support, and will be held on June 15, 2017, at 3:15 p.m. in the Stevie Wonder Hall of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, in Montréal, as part of the Rendez-vous Pros des Francos.

Brunet started his career as legal counsel at SOCAN. In 1976, he became copyright registrar and international affairs consultant for Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada. In 1985, he was legal adviser to the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Copyright. He has been part of numerous Canadian delegations to UNESCO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Throughout the years, Brunet has received many awards, including the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques’ Beaumarchais medal, as well as being elected several times as the best entertainment and intellectual property lawyer by various organizations. Today, Brunet is in charge of the Canadian Copyright and entertainment law team at Norton Rose Fulbright.