‘FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF LEARNING: THE ORIGINS OF CANADIAN COPYRIGHT LAW’
MYRA TAWFIK (WINDSOR) IN CONVERSATION WITH PIERRE-EMMANUEL MOYSE, (MCGILL), MICHAEL EVERTON (SFU) AND ISABELLA ALEXANDER (UTS)
23 Nov 2023 GMT 16:30-18:00; CET 17:30-19:00; EDT 11:30-13:00: PST 8:30-10:00 am; AEST 24 Nov 3:00-4.30am
Chaired by ISHTIP Governing Board Member, Cristina Martinez
Professor Tawfik’s new book, For the Encouragement of Learning, addresses the contested history of copyright law in Canada, where the economic and reputational interests of authors and the commercial interests of publishers often conflict with the public interest in access to knowledge. It chronicles Canada’s earliest copyright law to explain how pre-Confederation policy-makers understood copyright’s normative purpose. Using methodologies at the intersection of legal history and book history, For the Encouragement of Learning embeds the copyright legal framework within the history of Canada’s book and print culture.
Professor Myra Tawfik is the Don Rodzik Family Chair in Law and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished University, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.
Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse is Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law and a former Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Policy (2011-2021). His research ranges from colonial copyright to obsolescence and new technology in intellectual property theory.
Michael Everton is Associate Professor of English, Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the history of copyright in the United States and the history of Anglo-American publishing.
Isabella Alexander, a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UTS, is a legal historian and intellectual property scholar, whose research explores how laws inform and regulate the creation, circulation and reception of knowledge and culture from an historical perspective. Her most recent book is Copyright and Cartography. History, Law, and the Circulation of Geographical Knowledge (Bloomsbury, 2023).
ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.uts.edu.au/j/82040348250