Day: August 19, 2014

Book Review – The Copyright Pentalogy

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By Alan Kilpatrick

pentalogyThe Copyright Pentalogy:  How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law
Edited By Michael Geist
Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2013
456 pp.

Canadian copyright law has been rocked by dramatic and revolutionary changes over the past two years.  Leading scholars, law professors, and lawyers have collaborated to create an exciting new work discussing these dramatic changes – The Copyright Pentalogy:  How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law.  The collection is edited by the renowned Michael Geist.  Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa and an author of several public policy and intellectual property books.

The Hill Times’  placed this item on a prestigious top 100 list for 2013 books in the area of politics, public policy, and history.  The University of Ottawa Press succinctly describes this book on its website,

In the summer of 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada issued rulings on five copyright cases in a single day. The cases represent a seismic shift in Canadian copyright law, with the Court providing an unequivocal affirmation that copyright exceptions such as fair dealing should be treated as users’ rights, while emphasizing the need for a technology neutral approach to copyright law.

The Court’s decisions, which were quickly dubbed the “copyright pentalogy,” included no fees for song previews on services such as iTunes, no additional payment for music included in downloaded video games, and that copying materials for instructional purposes may qualify as fair dealing.

The Canadian copyright community soon looked beyond the cases and their litigants and began to debate the larger implications of the decisions. Several issues quickly emerged. This book represents an effort by some of Canada’s leading copyright scholars to begin the process of examining the long-term implications of the copyright pentalogy.

Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library in Regina if you are interested in checking out this item. Call Number: KF 2995 .G31 2013.  This item is also available online for free on the University of Ottawa website.

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