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SCC determines users shouldn’t pay for royalties twice under Copyright Act

Media | 07/15/2022 5:07 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of Canada says Canada’s Copyright Act “does not exist solely for the benefit of authors,” in a decision in which it found that the Copyright Board...

SOCAN CEO leaves

Media | 04/14/2020 5:10 pm EDT

Eric Baptiste, CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has left the organization, effective immediately. “With the end of the current CEO contract approaching, Eric thought it was time to move on and a mutual decision was reached with the Board to end his tenure now,” SOCAN said in a press release. Senior vice-president of operation and reproduction rights Jennifer Brown will serve as interim CEO while the organization finds Baptiste’s replacement. SOCAN handles performing and mechanical rights royalties for songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists. The release noted that the “decision is purely coincidental to the current COVID-19 crisis, and the Board of Directors has full faith in SOCAN's executive management team.”  It said the “organization continues to...