CONNECT administers licences in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of the copyright owners (usually the record company). Its members, which consist of all the major record companies, many independent labels, as well as artists and producers, own or control the vast majority of the copyright of all the sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. Membership in CONNECT ensures that rights holders receive royalties for the communication, public performance or private copying of their eligible sound recordings. A licence from CONNECT ensures that owners receive compensation for the use of their sound recordings and/or music videos. Any group or individual making copies of sound recordings, music videos, exhibiting or broadcasting a music video(s) will require authorization from the copyright holder, or from CONNECT (as their appointed agent). Without this permission, the group or individual is subject to legal prosecution for copyright infringement.