In this paper I will make three arguments, drawing on the historical experience of Canada with the Berne Convention between 1886, when the Berne Convention was founded, and 1971, its last revision. First, Canada, though aligned with the most powerful countries on issues of international copyright, has a unique and important history with international copyright that is very different from the histories of the major powers. Second, for many middle powers, the Berne Convention was a symbol of progress in international law, and a hallmark of a civilized country. Canada has aligned with the major powers on issues of international copyright. Though this alignment has not always comfortable, it stems in part from a desire to be associated with ideas of progress and civilization, and to be aligned with one’s largest trading partners. Third, I ask, what contribution do middle powers make to the international copyright system today?
|Title of host publication||Copyright Future Copyright Freedom|
|Editors||Brian Fitzgerald and Benedict Atkinson|
|Place of Publication||Sydney Australia|
|Publisher||Sydney University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|