A hello from the copyright handbook editor!

Hey there, my name is Bonnie! This summer I’ll be tackling some of the legal mumbo-jumbo that makes many of us treble – err tremble in fear.

Understanding copyright regulations can seem like a daunting task. It can even deter us from some rockin' opportunities, just because all those laws, licenses and agreements might be too confusing.

So this is where I come in!

I’m here to write a copyright handbook for the OIMA website. My mission is to translate and explain copyright law in plain language, as well as to summarize OIMA's agreements, policies, and licenses.

For example, did you know that (like many websites) as soon as you enter the OIMA website, you're considered an OIMA user? You don't even need to have an account! We did this so that the site would be easy to browse from the very start. But if you register, you get to post comments, create playlists, and favourite songs! Moral of the story? Sign up! This way you can participate at OIMA and follow the Terms of Use – the best of both worlds!

This summer, I'll be talking with artists, and campus and community radio stations from across Ontario about some of the major concerns and lessons they have about copyright issues. I'll also have the opportunity to talk with copyright professionals about what users such as curators and artists should know. And of course, I'll be doing lots of research! I’ll wrap all of this information into an easy-to-read handbook meant just for you!

Having an interest in both media law and awesome music, I’m excited to share with you what I’ll discover this summer. I look forward to many weeks of research and talking to fascinating people about an interesting, albeit intimidating, topic. I hope the copyright handbook can help reduce any hesitations you might have so you'll have the confidence to share your brilliant ideas and music!

Stay tuned!