Book Review

Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide

By Mike Heenan
Literary Editor
True North Perspective

Sam Trosow & Laura Murray's new book, Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide (Between the Lines, 2007, ISBN 978-1-897071-30-4), is a must-read for all working writers, editors and publishers.

It serves as a shocking eye-opener for the uninitiated and a detailed reference tool for the professional.

It's a well-written piece of work with clear sidebars in plain English of landmark cases in Canadian copyright law.

No single resource exists to explain Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians. In accessible language with familiar examples and case studies, this book parses the Copyright Act and explains pertinent issues. It also makes a case for grassroots engagement in balanced legal reform.

Laura Murray is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and creator of the website  Sam Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario; he is jointly appointed in the Faculties of Law and Information & Media Studies. Prof. Trosow is spending his sabbatical year in Ottawa as the visiting faculty scholar in residence at the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He maintains a website at

Mike Heenan BA, BJ, MA