SOCAN Statement Regarding Re:Sound Tariff No 5
On May 26, 2012 The Copyright Board of Canada approved Re:Sound Tariff No. 5 (Use of Music to Accompany Live Events). This tariff was applied for by the Re:Sound Music Licensing Company (Re:Sound), a Canadian copyright collective that distributes royalties to recording artists and record companies by licensing the use of their recorded music for public performance and broadcast.
For over 80 years now, SOCAN has been collecting licence fees and distributing them as royalties to our members (songwriters, composers and their publishers) for the use of their works at live events. As a not for profit company, the fees we collect go to our 110,000 Canadian members and the more than 3 million creators and publishers we represent in Canada.
SOCAN’s tariffs provide licensees access to play all musical works performed at their live events. Re:Sound recently obtained a similar tariff on behalf of its members. While the SOCAN and Re:Sound tariffs are similar in nature, the royalties ultimately go to different stakeholders in the recorded music creation process.
SOCAN values its relationship with music users and one of our main goals is to provide an easy and seamless licensing experience. If you have any questions on SOCAN's tariffs, your possible need for a SOCAN licence or who the different copyright collectives represent, please contact us at 1.800.55.SOCAN (76226).