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Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide

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Laura Murray is an Associate Professor in the English Department of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and creator of the website


Samuel Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is jointly appointed in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

Recent Decisions

CAUT Urges Copyright Fairness for Freelance Writers
Thursday, 06 March 2008

In a letter sent to the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is asking CanWest to reconsider the terms of the freelance agreement it is requiring its writers to sign.
Tags:  CAUT moral rights Freelance Writers
Opposition Motion on Bill C-10 Voted Down
Thursday, 06 March 2008

A motion that would have helped to counter Bill C-10 failed in the House of Commons yesterday by a vote of 74-206


The motion . . .  


That, in the opinion of the House, the government should introduce, as soon as possible, an amendment to Bill C-10 . . . in order to remove the reference to public policy that is added by this bill to subsection 125.4(1) of the Income Tax Act, because this new provision opens the door to unacceptable government censorship of film and video production.


 . . . was introduced by Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, BQ), supported by the Bloc and the NDP, and was opposed by the Liberals and Conservatives, apparently though for different reasons.



Tags:  Bill C-10 censorship
Censorship concerns raised in Question Period, but remain unanswered
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

The censorship concerns raised by Bill C-10 have been raised directly during question period over the last week. Unfortunately, the government is not answering the questions.


Tags:  Bill C-10 Censorship
Heritage Minister Responds to Censorship Concerns
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Heritage Ministe Josee Verner has issued a statement in response to the concerns being raised about Bill C-10, assuring that the "Government is deeply committed to freedom of expression..."  But a prominent Film Studies professor argues otherwise.

Tags:  Bill C-10 Censorship
Bill C-10 Triggers Censorship Concerns
Monday, 03 March 2008


Bill C-10 (An Act to amend the Income Tax Act...) sailed through the House of Commons, and is now awaiting third reading in the Senate. But buried deep within the 500 plus pages of technical tax code is a provision that has generated significant concerns of governmental censorship.


Tags:  Bill C-10 censorship
Songwriters to Unveil File-Sharing Proposal
Thursday, 21 February 2008


The Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) is hosting a public forum this evening at Toronto’s Ryerson University to discuss their proposal for monetizing music file-sharing.


Tags:  SAC CMCC file-sharing
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I am an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS).


Before coming to Western, I was a law librarian at the Boalt Hall Law Library at the University of California at Berkeley and before that I was in private law practice in California. My doctoral work in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA focused on information policy issues.


I am currently a Network Investigator and Theme Leader with the GRAND NCE and also serve on the Librarians Committee of the  Canadian Association of University Teachers.

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