Canadian Copyright Book Released in Print and Online

As it did a number of years ago with his earlier book, In the Public Interest, Irwin Law has just released a new book of essays edited by Michael Geist in both print and in PDF. And, as before, the version available online is offered under a Creative Commons license.

From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda is a book of 20 essays by Canadian scholars that tries to move the current copyright debate “toward an informed analysis of Bill C-32 and the future development of Canadian copyright law.” Bill C-32, as readers will likely know, is the draft legislation put forward by the government to reform copyright law.

Many, if not most, of the references within the PDF versions are hotlinked to the online sources, a really pleasing development.

Again Irwin Law is to be congratulated for making good use of available IT and for recognizing that there’s a relationship in the current market, however paradoxical-seeming, between giving away and good business.

The table of contents is set out after the jump and, of course, on Irwin’s site, where there it is linked to the PDFs.


    Introduction, Michael Geist


    1. Copyright: Characteristics of Canadian Reform, Sara Bannerman
    2. North American Digital Copyright, Regional Governance, and the Potential for Variation, Blayne Haggart
    3. History in the Balance: Copyright and Access to Knowledge, Myra Tawfik
    4. Fair Dealing at a Crossroads, Meera Nair
    5. The Art of Selling Chocolate: Remarks on Copyright’s Domain, Abraham Drassinower
    6. Réforme du droit d’auteur et interprétation judiciaire, Mistrale Goudreau


    7. Locking Out Lawful Users: Fair Dealing and Anti-Circumvention in Bill C-32,Carys Craig
    8. The Case for Flexibility in Implementing the WIPO Internet Treaties: An Examination of the Anti-Circumvention Requirements, Michael Geist
    9. Digital Locks and the Automation of Virtue, Ian Kerr
    10. The Protection of Rights Management Information: Modernization or Cup Half Full?, Mark Perry
    11. How Virtue Ethics Might Help Erase C-32’s Conceptual Incoherence, David Lametti
    12. “Modernizing” ISP Copyright Liability, Gregory R. Hagen


    13. Towards a Right to Engage in the Fair Transformative Use of Copyright‑Protected Expression, Graham Reynolds
    14. An “Independent” View of Bill C-32’s Copyright Reform, Tina Piper
    15. User-Generated Content and Music File-Sharing: A Look at Some of the More Interesting Aspects of Bill C-32, Daniel Gervais
    16. Culture Matters: Why Canada’s Proposed Amendments to its Copyright Law Should Revisit Moral Rights, Mira T. Sundara Rajan


    17. Copyright, Collectives, and Contracts: New Math for Educational Institutions and Libraries, Margaret Ann Wilkinson
    18. Bill C-32 and the Educational Sector: Overcoming Impediments to Fair Dealing, Samuel E. Trosow


    19. Copyright Reform and Fact-Based Works, Teresa Scassa
    20. Enabling Access and Reuse of Public Sector Information in Canada: Crown Commons Licenses, Copyright, and Public Sector Information, Elizabeth F. Judge


  1. From the cover design to the strategy itself – simple and refreshingly progressive.