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Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the by Eli MacLaren

By Eli MacLaren

The 1867 Canadian confederation introduced with it expectancies of a countrywide literature, which a emerging classification of neighborhood printers was hoping to provide. Reforming copyright legislations within the imperial context proved very unlikely, and Canada turned a main marketplace for overseas publishers as a substitute. the next improvement of the service provider approach of unique publisher-importers turned a defining characteristic of Canadian exchange publishing for many of the 20th century.

In Dominion and Agency, Eli MacLaren analyses the fight for copyright reform and the production of a countrywide literature utilizing formerly neglected archival assets similar to the Board of exchange Papers on the nationwide files of the uk. A groundbreaking research, Dominion and organization is a crucial exploration of the criminal and fiscal buildings that have been instrumental within the formation of modern day Canadian literary culture.

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A more complex, more attentive policy was necessary to counteract the inertia of capital and stimulate Canadian literature. These arguments persuaded Farrer. 63 He had theoretical reservations. If copyright was different from other forms of property, that difference was already manifest in its limited term, and during its term the analogy to real property let it function very well, not least in leaving it to the individual owner rather than the state to assert the title. ’ This being said, however, he admi ed Rose’s basic point that copyright law must balance the claims of the author with the needs of the community.

52 In a le er to the newspaper Lovell unveiled that he had recently typeset and stereotyped two British copyright works in his office in Montreal – Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome (London: Longman, 1842) and William Edmondstoune Aytoun’s Lays of the ScoĴish Cavaliers (Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1849) – and then taken the plates and sufficient paper fi y miles south to Rouses Point, New York, where under the imprint of the International Printing and Publishing Company he had printed an unauthorized edition that combined them.

He disliked the contingency of Rose’s proposal – if American reprints were the true problem, the solution was not to adapt to them but to sweep them away with a copyright treaty – but he was sensitive to Canada’s plight. Moreover, Mallet was not sure that the unauthorized reprint was a problem. A er all, the high price of books in Britain was deplorable: ‘It seems to me a great injustice to the British Public to 24 Dominion and Agency give a sanction to any arrangement which places the reading public in a foreign country, or in a British Possession in a be er position than the countrymen of the author.

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