Canada's Robertson Ruling: Any Practical Significance for Copyright Treatment of Freelance Authors?

16 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2007

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that publishers need permission from freelance authors before reproducing their works in online databases. But in contrast to the approach taken in Europe and the US, publishers are now entitled to republish articles on CD-ROM without asking or compensating the freelance authors. Ultimately, irrespective of the publishing medium, the Court defers to private ordering to clarify ambiguities in new use clauses that will continue to persist as technologies evolve to the detriment of freelancers. Thus this decision will have little, if any, impact in practice.

Keywords: copyright, freelance publishers, authors, database, CD-ROM, Robertson

JEL Classification: K11, K19, K39

Suggested Citation

D'Agostino, Giuseppina (Pina), Canada's Robertson Ruling: Any Practical Significance for Copyright Treatment of Freelance Authors? (February 2007). CLPE Research Paper No. 5/2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=967501 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.967501

Giuseppina (Pina) D'Agostino (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
416.736.5319 (Phone)
46.736.5736 (Fax)

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