The boards of performing rights organization The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) have been meeting to discuss merging their operations and improve the rights management of its members.
"Canada has been one of the two countries where performing rights and reproduction rights are not managed jointly," SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste tells Billboard. "The U.S. is the other one -- but in the U.S. nearly everything is different compared to the rest of the world.
"But if you look at all the other countries, either for a long time or at least within the past few years, organizations managing those two rights have joined or allied. So it’s a recognition by us and SODRAC that it makes sense to offer the marketplace, both on the rights holder side and on the licensee side, an opportunity to have joint management of those rights."