Copyright cases typically only reach the Supreme Court of Canada once
every few years, ensuring that each case is carefully parsed and
analyzed. As readers of this blog know, on July 12, 2012, the Supreme
Court issued rulings on five copyright cases in a single day, an
unprecedented tally that shook the very foundations of copyright law in
Canada. In fact, with the decisions coming just weeks after the
Canadian government passed long-awaited copyright reform legislation,
Canadian copyright law experienced a seismic shift that will take years
to sort out.
I am delighted to report that this week the University of Ottawa Press published The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law,
an effort by many of Canada's leading copyright scholars to begin the
process of examining the long-term implications of the copyright
pentalogy. The book is available for purchase and is also available as a
free download under a Creative Commons licence. The book can be downloaded in its entirety or each of the 14 chapters can be downloaded individually.
This is the first of a new collection from the UOP on law, technology
and society (I am pleased to serve as the collection editor) that will
be part of the UOP's open access collection.
This book features fourteen articles on copyright written by independent
scholars from coast to coast. The diversity of contributors provides a
rich view the copyright pentalogy, with analysis of the standard of
review of copyright decisions, fair dealing, technological neutrality,
the scope of copyright law, and the implications of the decisions for
copyright collective management.TagsShareThursday May 02, 2013