SLIS Course Outline – One Credit Course Held
Instructor: Samuel Trosow
Course Description: This
course will provide students with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of
Canadian copyright law particularly as it applies in libraries and educational
settings. The course will consider the historical and present context for the
development of copyright policy as well as its broader societal implications.
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able
Analyze the philosophical, historical and economic
underpinnings of copyright policy and be able to apply these concepts to
emerging policy issues.
Understand the Canadian Copyright Act, particularly
as it relates to the work of information professionals in libraries, archives
and educational settings.
Identify and assess recent legislative amendments to
the Act and selected judicial interpretations.
Identify the key similarities and differences between
Canadian and U.S. copyright law
Assess and critically evaluate the copyright advocacy
and policy work within the library and educational communities.
Understand the interrelationships between license
agreements and copyright law including collective licenses and individual
Appreciate the broader societal implications of
copyright in the digital environment including its relationship with other
areas of information policy
effectively policy positions on copyright
through written and other means.
lectures and class discussion.
Course Relationships: None
80% reflective essay: You will be asked to write an essay of approximately
10. Further details including due date (in November) will be provided at the
10% Case report: Each student will be assigned a case to review and report
on. Further details will be provided at
the first class session. The report (app 1 to 2 pages) will be due at the
10% Article report: Each student will be assigned an article to review and
report on. Further details will be
provided at the first class session. The report (app 1 to 2 pages) will be due
at the second session.
Murray and Samuel Trosow, Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's
Guide, (2nd ed. Between the Lines, Toronto, 2013).
CCH v Law
Society of Upper Canada (2004 SCC 13)
(Education) v Access Copyright (2012 SCC 37)
Additional readings tba
The Canadian Copyright Act is
available online at http://canlii.ca/en/ca/laws/stat/rsc-1985-c-c-42/
Canadian case law is available via at http://canlii.ca/
Key websites/blogs dealing with Canadian
Copyright issues include arielkatz.ca ,
excesscopyright (Howard Knopf)
, Fair Dealing in Education (Lisa Di
Valentino), fairduty (Meera Nair) , michaelgeist.ca
\ Michael Geist has edited several collections of essays
on Canadian Copyright issues, the latest is The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the
Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, UOttawa Press, available
online at http://www.press.uottawa.ca/sites/default/files/9780776620848_7.pdf).
Inclusive Language &
Equity: The Faculty of Education is committed to
providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the
university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in
developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The
Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a
classroom atmosphere in which students experiences and views are treated with
equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and
ethnic backgrounds. Students who require
accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision,
hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their
needs with Specialized Support and
Academic Integrity: The University
of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are
expected to be familiar with these
standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the
University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the
provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could
potentially result in suspicions of
cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or
participation in an offence. Academic
dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from
Recording is permitted only
with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part an
approved accommodation plan. Policy about course outlines can be found in
Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.