Info for Banquet Halls and Licensed Establishments
As a liquor licensed establishment, we know that you recognize the
importance of ensuring that all activities that take place on your
premises are legal. So, the sound recordings played as
entertainment should be legal copies.
Buying an LP/CD/cassette doesn't give anyone the right to
reproduce it for the purpose of entertaining the public. The liner
notes of every LP/CD/cassette indicate who owns the copyright of
the sound recording or the album, and warn that unauthorized
copying of sound recordings is strictly
The Canadian Copyright Act is a federal law that
protects creative endeavours by ensuring that the rights owner has
the sole right to authorize the publication, performance or
reproduction of the work. Section 18(1)(b) of the Copyright Act
provides that only the copyright owner can reproduce a sound
recording or authorize the act of reproduction.
How can I safeguard an event?
- Make sure the event or catering contract contains the provision
that all music (sound recordings) played on premises is legal.
- Contact CONNECT music licensing or check our
website or the DJ association's website to find out if a
particular DJ is licensed.
- A DJ who is licensed to make copies of sound recordings will
receive a display licence from CONNECT music licensing that
will confirm that the reproductions are licensed and of good
quality. The quality of the reproductions must be up to industry
- A DJ must have their licence on their person during a gig and
you may ask to see the DJs licence prior to or during the gig.
When does a DJ not need a licence?
- A DJ does not require a licence if they are only using CDs
leased from a Music Supply Service (MSS). MSS produce CD
compilations of popular sound recordings at industry quality and
lease music to DJs and commercial users.
These CDs may not be copied for any purpose whatsoever. Copied MSS
CD are obvious by the lack of artwork. A legal CD is professionally
printed and not handwritten in felt marker or photocopied. Even if
a DJ is licensed, it is contrary to the DJs agreement with the MSS
to copy these CDs.
CONNECT music licensing Licensed Music Supply Services in
Canada include but not limited to:
- Multi Music Services
- POC Music ULC (Promo Only)
- ERG / First Source
- iSun Music Services
- A DJ does not require a licence when they are only using
original, store-bought LPs/CDs or cassettes.
How can a DJ licence be obtained?
DJs can obtain their licence 2 ways:
- Directly from CONNECT music
- Through a CONNECT music licensing licensed DJ Association
Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Inc. (CPDJA) www.cpdja.ca
Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA) www.cdja.org
You should also know:
- All the DJ's reproductions of sound recordings must be made
from commercially produced product made by record companies.
- A DJ may only download sound recordings from the Internet for
commercial purposes from CONNECT
music licensing approved websites.
- All reproductions of sound recordings must be licensed, even if
A DJ is not charging money for their services (i.e. doing a favour
for a friend).
- Private copying - There is a limited right to
copy music for private use. This does not apply to
DJ or commercial establishments.
- A CONNECT music licensing DJ licence does not cover any
other licences or permits relating to music.
CONNECT music licensing cannot authorize:
- Synchronization (embedding of sound recordings into visual
- Compiling sound recordings on CDRs to use as "give-aways".
What does a DJ licence look like?
- The CONNECT music licensing Licensed DJ display card
signifies that the DJ is licensed to copy sound recordings onto 1
(one) Hard Drive source plus unlimited CD-R's
- The acronym along the left (ex. CONNECT music licensing)
signifies whether the DJ licence was obtained directly from CONNECT
music licensing or from a CONNECT music
licensing Licensed DJ Association
- There is a serial number on the back of the card to ensure
there are no duplications made
- The CONNECT music licensing corporate seal foil stamp with
the current year embossed inside validates the DJ Licence
- DJ must display the original licence, not a photocopy.
Can't find the information you're looking for?
Contact CONNECT music licensing and we will provide you with the information you need.