CONNECT music licensing Frequently Asked
DJ Licensing Questions
Q: Why is Re:Sound contacting me about my DJ
licence 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. Through this initiative, licensing activities
for both organisations were consolidated into one process with
Re:Sound administering the DJ licences on CONNECT's behalf.
Q: I'm a DJ and I play only store
bought CD's, Cassettes, and vinyl, do I need a licence?
Q: I'm a DJ and I download all of my songs from
iTunes, do I need a licence?
A: Yes. The iTunes Terms of Sale prohibit
commercial use. When you obtain the CONNECT music licensing
Standard "All-in-one" DJ licence it permits you to use those
iTunes downloads for a commercial purpose (such as DJ'ing).
Q: I'm a DJ and I want to transfer and store
all of my CD's onto a Hard Drive to play at shows, do I need a
A: Yes, you would require a CONNECT music licensing
Standard "All-in-one" DJ Licence ($331.55 + gst/hst)
Q: Can I put downloaded music onto the hard
A: Yes, but it must be from a CONNECT music
licensing approved source (e.g. iTunes)
Q: Is an ipod or mp3 device considered a hard
A: Yes. If you are using your ipod or mp3 player
for a commercial purpose (such as background music or DJ'ing)
a CONNECT music licensing
Standard "All-in-one" DJ licence is required.
Q: I run a dance school and our instructors
use copies of sound recordings either on CD-R's or
ipods, do I need a licence?
A: Yes, if your instructors are using copies of
sound recordings as background music for their classes, you will
need to obtain a CONNECT music licensing
Standard "All-in-one" DJ licence for each classroom. Even
though a dance school is technically not a "DJ", the copies and use
of the sound recordings is the same (performance to the
Q: How long does it take for a licence to be
A: If you purchase your licence online, you will
receive confirmation by email within a few minutes and a display
licence within a few business days
Q: Will I need to bring my display licence with
me to every venue that I DJ at?
A: Yes, the display licence is your proof that
you obtained permission for the copied sound recordings you are
Q: What are the benefits of being
A: Being licensed shows your client that you are
a professional, that you respect the rights of the creators of the
music that is the backbone of your business, and that you are
guaranteeing the quality of the sound recordings you have
Q: Do you have to own a company to obtain a
A: No, CONNECT music licensing can licence
an individual or a company
Q: If I register now as an individual and I
become a company later on, is the membership still good for the
A: If you provide us with notice that you have
registered your company, and return the display licence with your
name on it, we will provide you with a new display licence with
your company name on it
Q: Should I wait until my company becomes
A: No, you should become licensed before you make
copies of sound recordings, regardless of your status as a
corporation. You do not need to be a registered business in order
to obtain a CONNECT music licensing
standard "All-in-one" DJ licence.
Q: Can anyone be licensed or are there some
A: Anyone who is making copies of sound
recordings for public performance must be licensed, regardless of
whether they are receiving compensation for the performance
Q: If I want to start using music videos that
i've purchased from iTunes in my DJ services, do I need an
additional licence for that?
A: Yes, a CONNECT music licensing Video Road Show
agreement would be required in order to use the iTunes video
downloads for a commercial purpose (such as DJ'ing).
Q: If I subscribe to a CONNECT music
licensing licensed Music Supply Service Company, do I need a
separate CONNECT music licensing DJ licence?
A: If you are only using the content
supplied to you by one of CONNECT music licensing's licensed
Music Supply Service companies then you do not require
any further licensing. However, if you are also using any copies of
sound recordings on a hard drive source or CD-Rs that have been
copied from your store bought CD's/vinyl/etc… OR you have
downloaded songs from iTunes in addition to the
content you are subscribed to then you will require an
additional CONNECT music licensing
Standard "All-in-one" DJ licence.
Q: Do I need a SOCAN 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 if the venue doesn't have the licence in place but you
want to ensure that you're covered; please contact www.socan.ca for more
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.
Here is a comparison of SOCAN/RE:SOUND/CONNECT music
to see the General Licensing FAQ