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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.

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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 Co
Tuesday, 31 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. Sen
Friday, 20 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-dest
Thursday, 19 January 2012

  Internet Filtering and Public Libraries Tuesday, October 4th - 12 noon 117 North Campus Bldg - University of Western Ontario [slide presentation] Canadian Copyright, DRM and eBook
Friday, 30 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 F
Thursday, 29 September 2011

Last week I wrote about the work of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a shared repository in the U.S. which is planning to make digitial copies of selected Orphan Works available to library patrons at p
Thursday, 15 September 2011

Recent announcements from leading universities in the United States [Cornell , Duke, University of Michigan, University of Florida] as well as press reports [here and here] indicate that seve
Monday, 05 September 2011

The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)  is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to substantially limit the scope of fair dealing. In their factum filed this month in the appeal of S
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Edmonton Chapter of the Progressive Librarians' Guild (PLG) has issued a response to McMaster University Librarian Jeff Trzeciak, who had set off somewhat of a firestorm in the Canadian aca
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

10. Upcoming talks in May
I will be giving several talks in May on copyright, user-generated content, and library governance:   Growing the ICT Industry – Insights from latest Canadian Research May 4th - 2:
Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The much anticipated AUCC Fair Delaing Guidlines have been finalized and are in the process of being circulated. While no public release has been announced yet (indeed the whole process has been clou
Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) has issued a strong condemnation of the blocking of Wikileaks by the Library of Congress, rejecting the justifications the library has given in defense of the m
Sunday, 05 December 2010

Access Copyright has issued a new response to critics of its proposed post-secondary education tariff.   Five Fast Facts on Access Copyright's Post-Secondary Tariff Application is a classic
Friday, 20 August 2010

As ably predicted by Howard Knopf yesterday, SOCAN has filed an application for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada from the decision of the Federal Court (SOCAN v Bell Canada, 2010 FCA
Friday, 13 August 2010

Yesterday marked the deadline for submission of objections to the proposed Access Copyright Tariff and a number of filings are anticipated. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAU
Thursday, 12 August 2010

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has responded to the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) acknowledging their submission on the G20 summit. While he doesn’t say much in the resp
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

  On July 14th  I gave a public lecture sponsored by the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at UWO, entitled "Bill C-32 and the Access Copyright Tariff: Double Trouble for Educa
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

The British Columbia Library Association has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty expressing concern about "the unprecedented curtailment of civil
Saturday, 17 July 2010

Criticism of the government's handling of the protests at the recent G20 summit in Toronto is mounting. Concerns include not only the use by the Ontario Cabinet of the 1939 Public Works Protecti
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff has been published in the Canada Gazette, thereby commencing the 60 day comment period which will run until August 11th.  &nbs
Sunday, 20 June 2010

  Here are some early reactions to Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act . . .   Appropriation Art Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Business Coa
Friday, 04 June 2010

  Here is an article entitled A Holistic Model of Information Policy appearing in the current issue of Feliciter (the magazine of the Canadian Library Association). This theme issue on Informat
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Here is my article that ran in the March 12th Lawyers Weekly  (Volume 29, Number 41, Focus on Intellectual Property section) . . .   Parliament will likely deal again with the issue of copy
Sunday, 14 March 2010

... We would like to see a critical mass of support from Western students, staff, and faculty, but also from Londoners, other faculty associations, unions, librarians, and universities across the country...
Friday, 30 October 2009

25. Upcoming Talks
  I will be giving several talks on copyright issues in the next few weeks in London, Calgary and Toronto:   London: Sunday, October 18th, 3pm UWO, North Campus Bldg, Room 114 The copyrigh
Monday, 05 October 2009

As the government's Copyright Consultations enters the home stretch, you still have time to make your voice heard.  The submission period will run until Sunday September 13th.   Su
Friday, 11 September 2009

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) has issued a  Call for Action on the current Copyright consultation. The Federation is urging its memb
Saturday, 15 August 2009

Copyright news from the United States has not been good lately. Between the file-sharing lawsuits, the appointments of RIAA lawyers to key government positions and the continuation of failed policies
Sunday, 09 August 2009

Citing grounds of trade mark infringement and passing off, Wal-Mart has filed for an injunction in Quebec Superior Court against the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). Among other thin
Friday, 07 August 2009

In the print world there was no mistaking censorship.   If a book in a library collection was challenged or if a government suppressed the distribution of a political tract,  everyone
Sunday, 19 July 2009

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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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