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Chapters

Chapter 13 – Conclusion

Most histories of international copyright focus on the more powerful members of the Berne Union – copyright exporters such as Britain, France, and Germany. I conclude that this focus has effectively deleted some of the most important conflicts and issues in international copyright history. This work, by focusing on Canada, shows a very different history […]


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Chapter 11 – Re-engagement, 1967-77

The crisis that resulted from the 1967 conference in Stockholm led, for Canada, to a reengagement with the Berne Union, and sparked a new resolve that Canada should become a more influential and active player. Some Canadian government officials hoped that the discourse of development now being established within the Berne Union, having been absent […]


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Chapter 10 – Crisis in International Copyright, 1967

Simultaneous diplomatic conferences would be held in 1971 to revise both the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention. The purpose of the 1971 conferences was to come to a more workable agreement after the 1967 attempt to revise the Berne Convention failed. The 1971 conferences resulted in revised texts of the Berne Convention and […]


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Chapter 9 – New Directions, 1936-67

This chapter outlines a period of relative distance between Canada and the Berne Union. Between the 1940s and 1960s the wheels of Canadian copyright reform had grown rusty. Canada’s 1924 Copyright Act had now been in place for over forty years, and its last revision had taken place in 1938. During this period of legislative […]


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

It was not long after Canada entered formally into international copyright relations in 1924 that a conference was called to revise the Berne Convention, and Canadian diplomats for the first time represented their country at the Berne Union directly. Throughout the proceedings, it became apparent that Canada held common interests with other countries like Australia […]


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Chapter 5 – Berne Buster: The Struggle for Canadian Copyright Sovereignty, 1887-1908

Shortly after joining the Berne Convention in 1886, the Canadian government reversed position; for years following Canada’s initial assent to join the treaty as a British colony, Canada would attempt unsuccessfully to denounce the agreement. This chapter discusses the years in which Canada fought against the Berne Convention and for copyright sovereignty. For many, the […]


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Chapter 4 – United Empire: Canada and the Formation of the Berne Convention, 1839-86

Chapter 4 covers the formation of the Berne Union – the union of countries party to the Berne Convention – in 1886. That year, Canada was made a party to the new Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works as a British colony. Although it would not be long before Canada’s decision […]


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Chapter 1 – Introduction

The introduction to Canada and the Berne Convention, 1886-1971 gives a brief synopsis of Canadian international copyright history from 1886 to 1971 and outlines some of the major arguments to be explored in the book. This entire chapter is available via a sample chapter published online by UBC Press here.


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