Lucie Bourgouin studied at Montreal University where she got a bachelor degree in music in 1981. A year later she started working as a communication manager for SDE (Procan), a copyright society, alongside contemporary music composers. That’s when her interest for copyright grew. Afterwards she worked for two years for SODRAC, a copyright society specialized in reproduction, where her main objective was to look after every products related to Radio-Canada. Eventually she became the manager of the product management department. Her task was to allow companies to market products related to the national society (books, records, toys, etc.). For six years she collaborated with radio stations and TV channels all around Canada in order to create a central management system for every products related to Radio-Canada. After staff cuts in the company, she seized the opportunity to create her own copyright society, Permission, on February 1st in 1995.