Save the Date – Bill C-32 Copyright Book Launch Set for October 14th

I am delighted to report that the official launch for a new book on Canadian copyright reform that focuses specifically on Bill C-32 is set for October 14th in Ottawa.  The peer reviewed book, which will be available in paper and electronically under a Creative Commons licence from Irwin Law, is titled From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda

I edited the book and contributed a chapter on the flexibility in implementing the WIPO Internet treaties.  There are 20 chapters in all with contributors from across the country.  These include Sara Bannerman (ANU), Carys Craig (Osgoode), Abraham Drassinower (Toronto), Daniel Gervais (Vanderbilt), Mistrale Goudreau (Ottawa), Greg Hagen (Calgary), Blayne Haggart (Carleton), Elizabeth Judge (Ottawa), Ian Kerr (Ottawa), David Lametti (McGill), Meera Nair (Simon Fraser), Mark Perry (Western), Tina Piper (McGill), Graham Reynolds (Dalhousie), Teresa Scassa (Ottawa), Mira Sundara Rajan (UBC), Myra Tawfik (Windsor), and Margaret Ann Wilkinson (UWO).  The full table of contents can be found here.

We are planning a launch event at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, October 14th at 3:30.  It will feature a panel on Bill C-32 with a number of contributors to the book.  The event is free, open to the public, and includes a reception afterward.  More details to follow.


  1. Laurel L. Russwurm says:

    Looking forward to it…
    Sounds good. It’s lovely that there will be an actual book on this important subject to help raise understanding of the issue.

  2. I better book that weekend off and put on a big pot of coffee.

  3. We need an online resource like this
    Will the online version open at the same time as the book launch? I have some students (online and on-campus) in educational technology that might benefit from one or two chapters. Any notes I try to put together on this topic always suffer from my own lack of certainty on some of the issues and the constantly shifting backdrop of legislation and licencing.

  4. Thank you
    This issue seriously needs some exposure. I agree with Laurel. A book is a step in the right direction. Lets just hope the right people read it.

  5. So…
    Looking forward to the book. Alas, living on the other side of the country, I won’t be able to attend the launch. So, if the book isn’t coming out until the 15th, when does the government actually plan to table the bill? …considering they wanted to fast-track it and pass it over the summer, presumably before universities and student groups got their teeth in to it.

  6. pat donovan says:

    all to the goood… at least until i read it.

    really, anything that doesn’t treat the whole subject as death by redtape worm and paper cuts needs their heads examined.

    you too, mike. have you SEEN the lunacey stateside recently?


  7. “We are planning a launch event at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, October 14th”

    Darn, all the interesting stuff happens in Ottawa. I think they should have parliament on the west coast every other year.

  8. I wonder if we could have the details of the CC licence? Will the book be free to educators?