► I am reproducing music for the purpose of online music distribution, e.g. permanent downloads, streaming, webcasting
If you plan to distribute musical works digitally to Canadian consumers or listeners using desktop or mobile applications, you'll need to obtain an online music licence.
If you are a performing artist or a record company who wish to distribute recordings to Canadian consumers via a third party online music service, such as iTunes or Spotify, please note that you are not required to obtain a reproduction rights licence for the musical works embedded in those recordings. In Canada, such licences are granted by CMRRA to the online music services who, in turn, pay royalties to CMRRA for their streaming and downloading activities.
CMRRA licenses its repertoire to the online music services – more here.
Since the launch of the first online music service in Canada in 2003, CMRRA has received complete usage data from its many online music licensees. This data has given CMRRA a complete picture of the online music market in Canada and has allowed it to build a vast database of matched sound recording and musical work information. This historical usage data allows CMRRA to quickly and easily invoice, collect and distribute royalties including those for newly represented or newly registered copyright ownership shares.
If you are offering tracks online on your own, from your own website or otherwise, and without the services of a third party online music service, then you are required to seek licences from CMRRA for this purpose.
► I am a company or service offering downloads or streams of musical works to Canadians. How do I begin the licensing process?
CMRRA issues licences in Canada for the reproduction of musical works in CMRRA’s repertoire by online music services. Inquires to CMRRA can be made using the following: http://www.cmrra.ca/contact-us/.
Most likely yes. Although CMRRA represents the vast majority of music publishers and music copyright owners doing business in Canada, there may be some musical works which are not part of our repertoire that you may need to license directly from their owners or authorized representatives. You may also need a licence from SOCAN for the telecommunication right and/or from Connect Music Licensing for the use of master recordings. For more information, please see our General Licensing FAQ.