Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada

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The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is a Canadian performance rights organisation that represents the performing rights of more than 135,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. The organization collects licence fees through a music licensing program approved by the Copyright Board of Canada.[1]

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SOCAN is a result of a merger that took place in 1990 between the composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (CAPAC) and the Performing Rights Organization of Canada (PROCAN).[1]

In May 2016, SOCAN acquired the Seattle-based company Medianet Digital for an undisclosed amount; the organization planned to leverage the company's software and database of rights metadata to assist in the calculation and distribution of royalties for works on digital music streaming services.[2] In July 2016, SOCAN acquired Audiam, a U.S. startup created by TuneCore founder Jeff Price that specializes in managing the distribution of royalties for songs used on digital services such as YouTube, using a database of song recordings and metadata for identification.[3][4]

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