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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

This web site is no longer being updated.
Friday, 13 April 2012

I am now posting articles and my twitter feed at Please visit that site for updates. This site will remain for now as an archive while the permanent location and maintenance of this web site is determined.


Toronto and Western sign licensing agreement with Access Copyright
Tuesday, 31 January 2012

In a surprise move, two of Canada's major research universities have entered into a voluntary licensing agreement with Access Copyright. The agreement was announced Monday evening by Access Copyright, the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario (my employer). Agreeing to set the annual fee at $27.50 per Full Time Equivalent student (FTE), and carrying over many of the other features of the proposed tariff, U of T and Western have essentially capitulated to Access Copyright.


More fallout over SOPA/PIPA
Friday, 20 January 2012

What is now being broadly characterized as the apparent demise of SOPA and the Protect IP Act in the wake of Wednesday's Internet blackout is generating some interesting and varied responses. Senate Majority Leader Reed annouced this morning that the Senate vote on the  Protect IP Act will be postponed, and C/Net reports that Stop Online Piract Act (SOPA) will also be put on hold in the House Judiciary Committee.  And the NY Times reported yesterdaythat the MPAA's Christopher Dodd would welcome a summit meeting with Internet companies, and many former Congressional supporters of the bill have retracted their support.



Successful Internet protests: A potential turning point?
Thursday, 19 January 2012


Yesterday's internet protests were overwhelmingly successful – it was an event of potentially historical magnitude. While the ongoing battle against expansionary (and innovation-destructive) IP legislation in the United States is nothing new, (and will continue even if these bills are defeated) there is something very different about the intensity and reach of SOPA/Protect IP Act  as its implications would extend well beyond copyright enforcement.


Was this event a one-time phenomena, or will it stand as marking a turning point in the ongoing debate about the over-expansion of restrictive copyright enforcement measures?

Upcoming Presentations
Friday, 30 September 2011


Internet Filtering and Public Libraries

Tuesday, October 4th - 12 noon

117 North Campus Bldg - University of Western Ontario

[slide presentation]

Canadian Copyright, DRM and eBooks: A Primer for Librarians

Thursday, November 3rd, 2pm

Education Institute/ Ontario Library Association [info]


Current Trends in Library Education and Curriculum

Panel in Conference "Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or an Opportunity?"
Friday, November 18th at the University of Toronto iSchool (details forthcoming)

Minister's Remarks on Reintroduction of Copyright Bill
Thursday, 29 September 2011

As expected, Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced this morning the reintroduction of the
Copyright Modernization Act, formerly Bill C-32, now Bill C-11 . The government has also posted a FAQ, a Backgrounder, and a series of Fact Sheets.  Here are the Minister's remarks accompanying the announcement.


Here are some initial reactions from the Canadian Association of University Teachers , the Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Internet Pollcy and Public Interest Clinic.

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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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