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SOCAN To Build New Canadian Digital Licensing Marketplace/Platform

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Nashville-based Core Rights has partnered with SOCAN and Re:Sound to form Canada’s first country-wide digital marketplace for licensing music rights. It is both a blockchain-enabled licensing solution that is simple to use, and a highly efficient one-stop shop for businesses using music, such as restaurants, hairdressers, dentists’ offices, retail stores, and more.

“SOCAN continually innovates to make music licensing easier and more accurate, so that music creators can be compensated fairly and faster for the use of their work,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “With Core Rights we look forward to building the future of licensing, connecting more people with music, as we strive to transform music rights in Canada and worldwide.”

“We are so excited to be creating the first truly electronic marketplace for music licensing along with music industry powerhouses, SOCAN and Re:Sound,” Jim King, CEO and Founder of Core Rights, LLC. “Working together we will deliver to the Canadian music industry both a more efficient one-stop digital marketplace for music licensing and using our patent-pending analytics and lead generation services provide much greater penetration into the Canadian business environment.”

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