The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971 by Sara Bannerman

The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971

bySara Bannerman

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First signed in 1886, the Berne Convention for the Protection ofLiterary and Artistic Works was the world’s first broadlymultilateral treaty on copyright. It is still the cornerstone ofinternational copyright law today.

At the centre of The Struggle for Canadian Copyright isCanada’s experience with the Berne Convention. Setagainst the backdrop of Canada’s development from a Britishcolony into a so-called middle power, this book reveals the deep rootsof conflict in the international copyright system that continue todivide “developed” and developing countries. Canada’ssigning of the convention can be viewed in the context of a formerBritish colony’s efforts to join and engage with a community madeup of the world’s most powerful nations. Throughout the pastcentury, Canada’s copyright policy has been used to portray thecountry to the world, first as a British colony and subsequently as asovereign country, a good global citizen, and a middle power. In thisgroundbreaking book, Sara Bannerman examines Canada’s strugglefor copyright sovereignty and explores some of the problems rooted inimperial and international copyright that affect Canadians to thisday.

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Sara Bannerman is an assistant professor at McMaster University.
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Title:The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.3 × 6.49 × 0.97 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Canada and the International Copyright System

3 Imperialism: Canadian Copyright under the Colonial System,1842-78

4 United Empire: Canada and the Formation of the BerneConvention, 1839-86

5 Berne Buster: The Struggle for Canadian CopyrightSovereignty, 1887-1908

6 The New Imperial Copyright, 1895-1914

7 Copyright “Sovereignty,” 1914-24

8 Copyright Internationalism: Canada’s Debut, 1927-36

9 New Directions, 1936-67

10 Crisis in International Copyright, 1967

11 Re-engagement, 1967-77

12 After 1971

13 Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography and Archival Sources

Index

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The Struggle for Canadian Copyright is a rare contribution: a political history of imperial and international copyright from a Canadian perspective. Sara Bannerman has produced a richly researched, well-written, and original account. - David Vaver, Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property & IT Law at the University of Oxford and Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Osgoode Hall Law School