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On Fri, 30 Aug 1996 cklutz\!/buffnet.net wrote:
> Who here knows what SOCAN is???????
It is the organization which ensures that all musicians, authors, etc.,
are paid the royalties due to them via radio/tv/club play.
By obtaining a free membership with SOCAN, a musician is able to
copyright his/her material. So, it's essentially the Canadian equivalent
to ASCAP or BMI.
All radio stations are required to pay a fee to SOCAN who will then
monitor them according to the type of station or wattage etc. For
example, the local campus station gets 3 days of monitoring per year.
That's not much - it probably won't help the pocketbooks of the bands
played over those days. I do believe it takes a few plays to actually
make one cent.
Hope this helps. I can't quite remember all the particulars.