Day: June 3, 2014
By Kelly Laycock
Have you been on our website lately? We’ve got lots of great resources available to our members through the password-protected Members’ Section. Here is a sample of some of our most popular legal research subscriptions.
An authoritative and comprehensive source for legislation, cases, commentary, forms, precedents and current events. Check out the following useful CCH guides:
- CCH Canadian Commercial Law Guide
- CCH Canadian Family Law Guide
- CCH Employment and Labour Law
- CCH Estate Administration
- CCH Estate Planning
- CCH Manitoba and Saskatchewan Tax Reports
- CCH Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide
- CCH Electronic Discovery in Canada (eBook)
Canada Law Book’s Criminal Spectrum database includes several criminal law textbooks, the Canadian Criminal Cases, a comprehensive collection of full-text unreported decisions, Weekly Criminal Bulletin case summaries, topical indexes, a case citator and search templates.
Another great database from Canada Law Book, DART has digests of judgments from the Western provinces dating back to 1980, plus a number of subject indices.
The Law Society Library’s agreement with LexisNexis Canada Inc. gives access to all law firms of 10 members or less, some conditions apply.
Published by Canada Law Book, the online version of the popular O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms is a comprehensive source of Canadian legal forms and precedents. It includes thousands of regularly updated legal documents that can be customized to individual needs. The Law Society currently subscribes to the following online volumes:
- Division I, Commercial and General
- Division II, Corporations
- Division IV, Leases
- Division V, Wills and Trusts
- Division VI, Ontario-Family Law
- Division VII, Labour Relations and Employment
- Division VIII, Ontario-Court Forms
- Division IX, Municipal Corporations
- Division X, Computers and Information Technology
New to the Law Society Library, rangefinder is a tool to help lawyers and judges find criminal sentencing ranges in seconds instead of hours. Click a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for and rangefindr tells you what kind of sentences were imposed in those cases. One more click and you can review the judgments themselves. Try it out!
Ask one of our reference librarians:
Call 306-569-8020 in Regina
By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
This is a time of big transition for all the new articling students and lawyers. The Law Society Library welcomes you and has compiled a list of links to make the transition from carefree student to respected professional smoother. We’d also like to offer our assistance. Please visit our website for research resources and tips, as well as the Law Society Members’ Section for numerous online resources. Our friendly staff is also available to answer your questions – call (306-569-8020) or email.
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By Alan Kilpatrick
“A copyright will protect you from pirates. And make you a fortune.”
Copyright is presently a hot topic in Canada. Discussions about copyright often lead to contention and controversy. A basic understanding of copyright law can help ensure fair and equitable access to law, justice, and information. Last week, we explored the principle of copyright balance. This week, we are going to look at the owner’s rights granted under the Copyright Act, RSC 1985, C-42.
Copyright owners, those who hold the copyright in a work, are granted a variety of economic rights under section 3(1) of the act,
For the purposes of this Act, “copyright”, in relation to a work, means the sole right to produce or reproduce the work or any substantial part thereof in any material form whatever…and to authorize any such acts.
Copyright owners have the sole right to reproduce a copyrighted work or a substantial portion of that work. Section 27(1) describes copyright infringement,
It is an infringement of copyright for any person to do, without the consent of the owner of the copyright, anything that by this Act only the owner of the copyright has the right to do.
Reproducing a substantial portion of a work without the owner’s consent is copyright infringement. Consequently, the act highlights a variety of punishments for commercial and non-commercial infringement. If you would like to copy a substantial portion of a copyrighted work, you will need to contact the owner and ask for permission.
It is important to highlight that the act only grants owners the sole right to reproduce a substantial portion of a copyrighted work. It is not an infringement to reproduce an insubstantial portion of a work. Copyright users are not required to seek the owner’s consent when copying an insubstantial portion. Please use reasonable judgment to determine whether the amount you would like to copy is a substantial or insubstantial.
Copyright users are also granted rights under the act. Next week, we will explore an important user right called fair dealing.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has excellent copyright law resources from leading copyright lawyers and scholars:
- The 2014 annotated Copyright Act / Tamaro, Normand
- Canadian copyright : a citizen’s guide / Murray, Laura Jane; Trosow, Samuel
- The copyright pentalogy : how the Supreme Court of Canada shook the foundations of Canadian copyright law/ Geist, Michael
- From “radical extremism” to “balanced copyright” : Canadian copyright and the digital agenda/ Geist, Michael
- Hughes on copyright and industrial design / Hughes, Roger T
- Intellectual property law : copyright, patents, trade-marks / Vaver, David
If you are interested in any of these items, please feel free to contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 569-8020.
CanLII. (2002). Théberge v. Galerie d’Art du Petit Champlain inc. Retrieved from http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2002/2002scc34/2002scc34.pdf
CanLII. (2004). Law Society of Upper Canada v. CCH Canadian Limited. Retrieved from http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2004/2004scc13/2004scc13.pdf
Geist, M. (2010). From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda. Toronto: Irwin Law.
Justice Canada. (2014). Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42). Retrieved from http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/index.html
Murray, L.J. & Trosow, S.E. (2013). Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide. 2nd ed. Toronto: Between the Lines.
Trosow, S. (2010). Bill C32 and the Access Copyright Tariff: Double Trouble for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=fimspres
Trosow, S. (2009). The Copyright Debate: Finding the Right Balance for Teaching, Research, and Cultural Expression. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wlevents/1/
Kilpatrick, A. (2012). Access Copyright: What does it mean for Western? A Librarian’s Guide. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fimspres/14/
Kilpatrick, A. & Harrington, M. (2013). Copyright and Canadian Academic Libraries. Retrieved from http://works.bepress.com/marni_harrington/12/