CONNECT music licensing Frequently Asked
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
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
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
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
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
Q: I want to make 500 copies of my demo CD to
sell at my shows, is there a CONNECT music licensing licence
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
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
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
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
Below is a chart to identify the common licensing uses and the
of Sound Recordings (master rights)
Performance/transmission of Sound Recordings (neighbouring
of Musical Works (mechanical rights)
Reproduction/performance of music video
Television usage (synchronization rights)
rights holder (often the record label)
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
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
As producers of music videos have exclusive performance rights, no
SOCAN or Re:Sound tariff is applicable.
OTHER LICENCES REQUIRED? CLICK HERE FOR A COMPARISON OF
SOCAN/RE:SOUND/CONNECT music licensing
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