Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide, Second edition


In the age of easily downloadable culture, messages about copyright are ubiquitous. If you're an artist, consumer, or teacher, copyright is likely a part of your everyday life. Completely updated, this revised edition of Canadian Copyright parses the Copyright Act and explains current Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians in accessible language, using recent examples and legal cases.
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In the age of easily downloadable culture, messages about copyright are ubiquitous. If you're an artist, consumer, or teacher, copyright is likely a part of your everyday life. Completely updated, this revised edition of Canadian Copyright parses the Copyright Act and explains current Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians in accessible language, using recent examples and legal cases.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Canadian Copyright is both provocative and professional and covers the spectrum from the theoretical and historical foundations of copyright to the latest case law, legislation and practical considerations. All Canadian librarians, educators, administrators, creators of any kind, lawyers, law students, law teachers, and other scholars interested in copyright law will find this book to be both readable and indispensable. This book is sophisticated and well documented—it will be very useful to policy makers both in Parliament and the public service, and even to the judiciary."
- Howard P. Knopf, Counsel, Macera & Jarzyna, LLP, Ottawa

“For any Canadian artist, emerging or established, who has ever worried about copyright, this book is a godsend. Using language that is clear and articulate, the authors address issues pertinent to all contemporary artists.”
- Diana Thorneycroft, visual artist, Winnipeg

“Laura Murray and Sam Trosow have written a timely, accessible, go-to guide on the complex and rapidly changing world of Canadian copyright. This book has something for everyone: a copyright reform history for those interested in how the law has evolved, an analysis of the law as it stands now in the aftermath of landmark decisions from Canada's highest court and comprehensive legislative changes, and a practical look at what the law means to a myriad of people from musicians to journalists to educators.”
- Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa

“As an artist who is actively seeking to broaden my reach, I frequently adopt new ways to connect with my audience online. Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide helped me understand how copyright works in Canada and how I can use it to protect my work and message as an artist.”
- Sonny Assu, interdisciplinary artist, Montreal

“Sophisticated and thorough in its approach, using up-to-date cases and examples, Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide presents an accessible and engaging explanation of intellectual property law. Murray and Trosow capture the complexities of the Canadian tradition, drawing on recent court decisions by Madame Justice Rosalie Abella and reaching back to the wisdom of Northrop Frye. This book is ultimately empowering, with knowledge that you can use when it comes to intellectual property.”
- John Willinsky, Professor in publishing studies, Simon Fraser University, and Khosla Family Professor, Stanford University

“Murray and Trosow's book is essential reading for anyone anywhere who wants to understand how—encouraged by Canadian civil society—Parliament and the courts have taken a lead role in the worldwide struggle for balanced copyright law. Canadian Copyright points out the struggles that lie ahead, in particular with regard to assuring that copyrighted content is fully available for educational use. Accurate without being hyper-technical, wonderfully readable, and with a consistent emphasis on how choices about copyright law affect real-life patterns of cultural production and consumption, this volume is truly a model of its kind.”
- Peter Jaszi, Professor, American University Law School

“In an area of public debate often marked with frustrating polemic and oversimplification, Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide provides a nuanced, articulate, accessible, and, perhaps most importantly, uniquely Canadian perspective. This book is essential reading for students not only of copyright, but also of Canadian culture.”
- Keith Serry, President, Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montréal/The Montreal Artists Legal Clinic Co-founder, Canadian Music Creator's Coalition

“Trosow and Murray offer an insightful account of copyright's relevance to all of us—citizens, academics, innovators, and creators of all stripes. Updated to reflect the latest word on Canadian copyright law—from both Parliament and the Supreme Court—Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide offers a much-needed account of how copyright affects all of us.”
- David Fewer, Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781771130134
  • Publisher: Between the Lines
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura J. Murray is an Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Samuel E. Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London; he is jointly appointed in the Faculty of Law and in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and maintains a website at

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
1. Copyright's Rationales
2. Copyright's Histories
3. Copyright's Scope
4. Owners' Rights
5. Users' Rights
6. Collectives and the Copyright Board
7. Determining Ownership
8. Enforcement of Owners' Rights
9. Music
10. Digital Media
11. Film, Video, and Photography
12. Visual Arts
13. Craft and Design
14. Journalism
15. Education
16. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
17. Copyright's Counterparts
18. Copyright's Future
Legal Citations and Cases
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