Copyright collectives are associations that administer the rights of copyright owners. Owners authorise societies to issue licences for the use of their works and collect royalties on their behalf. Copyright owners register their works with a collective, which then collects a fee each time a registered work is licensed and pays a royalty back to the copyright owner. Copyright collectives usually represent copyright owners of a specific medium (such as music, visual arts or film) and administer specific rights pertaining to it. Here are some examples: SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) administers performing rights for.