Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867-1918

Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867-1918

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By Eli MacLaren
Studies in Book and Print Culture
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2011
World Rights
224 Pages
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The 1867 Canadian confederation brought with it expectations of a national literature, which a rising class of local printers hoped to supply. Reforming copyright law in the imperial context proved impossible, and Canada became a prime market for foreign publishers instead. The subsequent development of the agency system of exclusive publisher-importers became a defining feature of Canadian trade publishing for most of the twentieth century.

In Dominion and Agency, Eli MacLaren analyses the struggle for copyright reform and the creation of a national literature using previously ignored archival sources such as the Board of Trade Papers at the National Archives of the United Kingdom. A groundbreaking study, Dominion and Agency is an important exploration of the legal and economic structures that were instrumental in the formation of today's Canadian literary culture.

Eli MacLaren is an assistant professor in the Department of English at McGill University.

Acknowledgements

Introduction

  1. Conceiving the 1875 Act, 1868–72: The Principles of Copyright
  2. Achieving the 1875 Act, 1872–75: The London Publishers Prevail
  3. Clarifying the 1875 Act, 1876–77: The Stunting of Belford Brothers
  4. Living With the 1875 Act: William Briggs: Printer, Binder, Distributor
  5. The 1900 Amendment, the Agency System, and the Macmillan Company of Canada
  6. The North American Copyright Divide: Black Rock and the Magnification of Ralph Connor

Conclusion

Notes
Works Cited
Index

‘Eli MacLaren’s book deftly guides the reader through the complex history of copyright in Canada… This meticulous study would be of interest to scholars studying book history and Canadian literature and history.’

Alison Rukavina, Modern Language Review; vol 108:01:2013

‘Eli MacLaren  deftly guides the reader through the complex history of copyright in Canada… This meticulous study would be of interest to scholars studying book history and Canadian literature and history.’

Alison Rukavina, Modern Language Review vol 108:01:2013

Dominion and Agency should be essential reading for book historians and legal historians alike. It should also serve as a cautionary tale for contemporary Canadian policymakers as the vestiges of this history remain part of our copyright story to this day.’

Myra J. Tawfik, Papers of the Bibliographic Society of Canada vol 50:02; 2012