Licensing

FAQ

CONNECT music licensing Frequently Asked Questions

General Licensing Questions

Q: Why is Re:Sound contacting me about my licence fees and/or reporting instead of CONNECT?

A: CONNECT music licensing collects reproduction royalties on behalf of master rights owners of sound recordings, and Re:Sound collects performance royalties on behalf of the same rights owners.  In summer 2016, CONNECT partnered with Re:Sound to streamline processes and increase efficiencies.  Re:Sound has partnered with CONNECT for administration of CONNECT reproduction licences on CONNECT's behalf.

Q: I'm looking to put songs on my website, is there a CONNECT music licensing licence for that?
A: If you are already a CONNECT music licensing licensee then you may use up to 30 seconds of sound recordings on your website to promote your service.

Q: I want to put together a DVD with songs by major artists playing in the background, is there a CONNECT music licensing licence for that?
A: No, you must contact the record labels directly to obtain a Synchronization Licence, as CONNECT music licensing does not have the mandate to licence for the use of Synchronization

Q: Can I pay my advance fee by a line of credit or by a payment plan?
A:
Advance fees must be paid with a cheque, just like regular licensing fees. You may pay your security deposit via a secured lined of credit in CONNECT music licensing's favour.

Q: Do I need to have a subscriber agreement for every subscriber, even if it's only a one-time deal?
A:
Yes. Anyone who leases music is obligated to sign a lease agreement that incorporates the provisions of Schedule "B". This ensures that the copyrights in the sound recordings are protected.

Q: I want to show a movie in my store or at a public function, how do I get permission?
A:
You may obtain a permit to show movies by contacting Criterion Pictures at 416-252-4151 or visit www.criterionpic.com

Q: I want to use a sound recording in my film, how do I get licensing?
A:
CONNECT music licensing does not have the mandate to license this type of use. If you wish to use music to accompany a scene from a film, this is called "synchronization". You must contact the record labels directly for permission to use a sound recording in this way.

Q: I want to re-record someone else's song to release and sell to the public, do I need a licence for that?
A: Yes, you will need to contact the CMRRA to obtain permission from the publisher to record and sell the music

Q: I want to make 500 copies of my demo CD to sell at my shows, is there a CONNECT music licensing licence for that?
A: No, you will need to contact someone in the 'Pay-As-You-Press' department at the CMRRA to obtain a licence for that. Please contact www.cmrra.ca for more information

Q: Do I need a licence to perform someone else's song at a large venue?

A: The venue would require a licence from SOCAN for that use. You can check with the venue first to see if they already have a SOCAN licence in place to cover any performance of sound recordings in their venue. SOCAN also offers a single event licence for such use; please contact www.socan.ca for more information

Q:
What is the difference between CONNECT music licensing and SOCAN and Re:Sound?
A:
CONNECT music licensing collects on behalf of the master rights owners of sound recordings and collects reproduction royalties. SOCAN collects on behalf of the composers and authors of sound recordings and collects performance royalties. Re:Sound collects on behalf of the master rights owners of sound recordings and collects performance royalties.  By way of example, if you are playing COPIED sound recordings from your hard drive, you require a CONNECT music licensing licence.  The performance royalties collected by SOCAN and Re:Sound are the responsibility of the venues.

Licensing Music - Who's Who

When it comes to licensing music, there are two groups of rights holders who are usually involved:

Record companies (or the makers of sound recordings) who are represented by CONNECT music licensing (representing most English Canada record companies), SOPROQ (representing most Quebec companies) and Re:Sound

Songwriters/Publishers
who are represented by CMRRA, SODRAC, CSI and SOCAN
Depending on the use, you may need to contact one or more of these rights holders.
Below is a chart to identify the common licensing uses and the appropriate contacts.

Use
Contact
Reproduction of Sound Recordings (master rights) CONNECT music licensing, SOPROQ
Performance/transmission of Sound Recordings (neighbouring rights) Re:Sound
Reproduction of Musical Works (mechanical rights) CSI, CMRRA
Performance of Musical Works SOCAN
Reproduction/performance of music video CONNECT music licensing, SOPROQ
Film or Television usage (synchronization rights) Individual rights holder (often the record label)

Common Examples:

1. Company wishes to provide background music services to retail establishments

CONNECT music licensing and SOPROQ licensing required to reproduce the sound recordings for provision to the retail establishment. CONNECT music licensing's licence fees are available at http://connectmusiclicensing.ca/licensing/music-supply-services.aspx.
CMRRA licensing may be required for the reproduction of the musical work (composition).
SOCAN and Re:Sound licensing required to compensate authors and composers (SOCAN Tariff 16 - https://www.socan.ca/pdf/GovCaRevisedTariffs/Tariff16.pdf) for performance of musical works and producers and performers (Re:Sound Tariff 3 http://www.cb-cda.gc.ca/tariffs-tarifs/certified-homologues/2006/20061021-m-b.pdf) for performance/transmission of sound recordings.

2. Television Station Wishes to Broadcast Music Videos

CONNECT music licensing has the mandate to license music videos on behalf of SOPROQs members. A CONNECT music licensing licence permits a broadcaster/producer to copy music videos for the purpose of broadcast, and to broadcast them. Licence fees are available at http://connectmusiclicensing.ca/licensing/television.aspx
CMRRA can issue a licence for the reproduction of the musical work (composition).
As producers of music videos have exclusive performance rights, no SOCAN or Re:Sound tariff is applicable.

 

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