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The Struggle for Canadian Copyright

Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971

First signed in 1886, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is still the cornerstone of international copyright law. Set against the backdrop of Canada’s development from a British colony into a middle power, this book reveals the deep roots of conflict in the international copyright system and argues that Canada’s signing of the convention can be viewed in the context of a former British colony’s efforts to find a place on the world stage. In this groundbreaking book, Sara Bannerman examines Canada’s struggle for copyright sovereignty and explores some of the problems rooted in imperial and international copyright that affect Canadians to this day.

304 pages

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 Berne Convention, 1839-86

5 Berne Buster: The Struggle for Canadian Copyright Sovereignty, 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


Bibliography and Archival Sources


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