The Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo represents record, shows and video producers in the sector of music and comedy.
The Canadian Independent Music Association is a professional association representing the interests of the English language, Canadian-owned sector of the music industry.
The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. is a music licensing collective representing music rightsholders who range in size from large multinational music publishers to individual songwriters. Together, they own or administer the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licences to individuals or organizations for the reproduction of songs on various media.
Exclusive right on a work, including the right to publish it, produce it, reproduce it, translate it, communicating it to the public via telecommunication and, in certain cases, to rent it, including the right to perform it in public and, under certain conditions, to exhibit a work of art in public.
Copyright can also cover the performance or improvisation of musical works as well as the sound recordings containing sounds that may or may not come from the performance of musical works [excluding the soundtrack of a cinematographic work it accompanies]. Such cases are called neighbouring rights.
In Canada, the Copyright Act is under federal jurisdiction. A total of 184 countries have signed the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, currently managed by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Agreement through which a right holder grants permission to a third party to use their work for certain purposes and/or under certain conditions.
As partners of music creators, publishers support the creation of new musical works and promote existing ones. They are copyright management professionals and support the career development of creators; one could say publishers are the managers of songwriters and of their work.
Any musical work or composition—with or without lyrics—and any compilation of such works.
The Copyrigt Act distinguishes between the creator and the right holder. As a general principle, the creator of a work is its author and he owns the copyright. An author is a natural person. As for the right holder, it can be either a natural or a legal person. Typically, the right holder is the assignee of a copyright and is, most of the time, a publisher.
The Songwriters Association of Canada is a professional association representing Canadian authors and composers.
The Screen Composers Guild of Canada [previously known as GCSC] is a professional association representing Canadian film composers.
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. SOCAN is the collective rights management organization in charge of public performance [public performance, or communication to the public via telecommunication] in Canada. Since 2018, it also manages the reproduction rights of a portion of its repertoire.
On behalf of its members, SOCAN negotiates collective and individual agreements with the users of their music, collects their royalties and distributes them to the rights holders it represents.
In August of 2018, the Société du droit de reproduction des auteurs compositeurs et éditeurs au Canada [SODRAC] was acquired by SOCAN who now manages reproduction rights.
Created in 1991 by ADISQ, SOPROQ—la Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec—is a non-profit whose existence flows from the rights of producers. Its mission is to allow producers to fully benefit from certain rights they have: reproduction rights, the right to a fair compensation and the right linked to private copying.
Recording containing sounds that mat or may not come from the performance of a musical work and fixed onto a physical support; this definition excludes the original soundtrack of a cinematographic work it accompanies.
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