Copyright -- Further Reading

- Canada. Dept. of Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada. Balanced Copyright. (Accessed September 30, 2011).

Created to showcase the federal government's copyright reform efforts over the past decade (with a particular focus on C-32), this site is not without some political "spin", but also provides a good deal of useful information and background on the Canadian copyright and intellectual property landscape. It is also useful as a portal for the online resources of the federal government agencies directly concerned with copyright and intellectual property -- Industry Canada's Intellectual Propety Directorate and Canadian Heritage's Copyright Policy Branch -- as well as the Copyright Board and the remarkably comprehensive archived website of the 2009 federal Copyright Consultations.


- Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Guidelines for the use of copyrighted material -- February 2013 Update. (Accessed February 25, 2013).

The main body representing academic staff, including professors and librarians, in Canada has made an important contribution to the ongoing copyright debate, with these detailed guidelines on the fair dealing and educational expection provisions of the Copyright Act. Readers will likely welcome, especially, the effort to quantify the amount of copying that is "fair."


- Geist, Michael (ed). From "radical extremism" to "balanced copyright" : Canadian copyright and the digital agenda. Toronto : Irwin Law, 2010.

[UPEI Library copy on order; available for Creative Commons chapter download on publisher homepage]

Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, has attracted some criticism for his active promotion of a more liberal and consumer-friendly intellectual property climate in Canada. That said, his status as the most prominent public intellectual and commentator on Canadian copyright issues is uncontested, and even his harshest critics would likely consider his blog and weekly "Law Bytes" column to be essential reading. In this recent essay collection, Geist further advances the copyright debate, gathering contributions from more than 15 Canadian legal scholars.


- Murray, Laura J. and Samuel E. Trosow. Canadian copyright : a citizen's guide. Toronto : Between the Lines, 2007.

[UPEI Stacks copy: KE 2799.2.M87 2007]

Though not as well-known as Michael Geist, Murray and Trosow share many of his views on the need for a more liberal copyright regime: their 2007 book guides readers through a broad range of Canadian copyright issues, and presents a case "for grassroots engagement in balanced legal reform."


Created by: Simon Lloyd, B.A., M.L.I.S.
University Archives and Special Collections Librarian
Phone: 902-566-0536
Date Created: 10-March-2011

Date Updated: 30-September-2011