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In Defence of Copyright

by (author) Hugh Stephens

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Copyright, General, General
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Copyright is one of the cornerstones of western civilization; it is as relevant today, if not more so, than it was when the first formal copyright laws were enacted in the eighteenth century. This is something that seems to have been forgotten — at the political level, where one federal government weakened Canada’s copyright legislation to the point of falling out-of-line with other western democracies, and the subsequent government has failed to address the issue.

With the rise of the Digital Age, new challenges have been brought to the frontlines of the copyright battle. Online piracy, extensive unauthorized use of copyrighted works by educational institutions, and artificial intelligence have tested the ability of copyright laws to protect creators and their intellectual property.

Canada’s copyright laws need to be rewritten so that they are resilient and adaptive in promoting the production of new work and ideas that benefit society.

In Defence of Copyright explores the nature of unauthorized use and piracy and reviews some of the new challenges for copyright in the Digital Age. This must-read, general introduction is a guide to the essentials of copyright and its history.

About the author

Best known for his blog Insights on International Copyright Issues (awarded one of the top copyright blogs in the world and consistently ranked by Feedspot as a Top 50 copyright blog) Hugh Stephens has written articles for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, The Conversation, The Diplomat, and more. He served for several years as Vice Chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee, a coalition of more than 180 multinational companies engaged in strengthening IPR protection in China. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and an associate faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC.

Before returning to Canada in December 2009, he was Senior Vice President (Public Policy) for Asia-Pacific for Time Warner and prior to joining Time Warner in 2000, Stephens spent 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service with the Department of External Affairs, later the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). His last Ottawa assignment was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in DFAIT. He also served abroad as Canadian Representative in Taiwan (Executive Director-Canadian Trade Office in Taipei), Counsellor and Chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan, among a number of other overseas and headquarters assignments.

Stephens was educated at the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Toronto and Duke University, and has a Certificate in Mandarin from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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