Did you know that any original work you’ve made, whether that’s a catchy song or a finger painting, is automatically protected under copyright? This is because generally, original creative works are protected under copyright law as soon as they’ve been created, just as long as they’re fixed in a permanent form (for example, recorded or written down or finger painted). You don’t even need to register for copyright protection (although, it's strongly recommended)!
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Sampling - the act of remixing and reappropriating sounds from other songs to create something new and original - has been a longstanding musical practice.
While many hip-hop artists have been sampling hooks, melodies and vocals from songs for decades, it is the more experimental electronic artists that are sampling unconventional sounds that are catching my attention.
I think one of the dangers of the World Music genre is that it can promote a West-centric "them-and-us" approach to music of other cultures, where "World Music" just means any music that's not Canadian/American/European. When in fact (and hopefully this isn't a major news flash), "the West" is part of the World!
The shortlist for the 2013 Polaris Prize was announced quite recently with another eclectic mix of top Canadian albums from the past year. The Polaris Prize, for those unfamiliar with it, is a $30,000 award given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit alone, and not influenced by genre, sales, or record label. A longlist of 40 albums is first decided on by a panel of judges before being whittled down to a shortlist of 10.
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!
My name's Andrew and I am one of the 2 Aboriginal Music Archive Coordinators for OIMA this summer (along with Emma). I'm very excited to be in this position, as I look forward to discovering a whole wealth of independent Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians from across Ontario.
Hi there! My name is Emma Wolno, and this summer I'm working at OIMA as one of your Aboriginal Music Archive Coordinators!
One thing I love about music is the mix of old and new. My mind is in a state of pure bliss whether I'm dusting off an old record, or downloading a new EP an up an coming band just posted on their website for free.
I'm Swadhi, the World Music Archive Coordinator here at OIMA for the summer. For the next month and a half, my days will consist of listening to tons of awesome music, contacting artists across Ontario, and helping build a digital library of songs to be accessible and available to all for years to come!
Yep, it's a pretty sweet summer job. And not to sound corny, but I actually find my work quite meaningful too.