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Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Our Own Creative Land: Cultural Monopoly and the Trouble with Copyright

Date Recorded: Mar 30th, 2006
Recorded At: Hart House, Toronto, Ontario
Recorded By: CIUT, the University of Toronto’s campus radio station, with help from Dray Perenic of Hart House, made available by TV Ontario’s Big Ideas programme, on which it was first broadcast on May 27, 2006.
Duration: 59:12  

Topic Background

The concept of copyright law is familiar in traditional media such as book publishing, the art world and the recording industry. However, the rapid growth of the internet and computer technology, and the resulting widespread distribution of media content, have raised many new issues and brought into question whether copyright law has managed to keep up.

Although this talk took place in 2006, Dr. Geist raises issues and insights, points to developing trends, and focuses on new voices, new stakeholders, and new copyright, that are at the core of debates around copyright today.

A recording of this talk was made available by TV Ontario’s Big Ideas programme, on which it was first broadcast on May 27, 2006.More information on this programme at

Speaker Biography

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law.
He has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law and is a columnist on technology law issues that regularly appears in the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, and BBC. He is the author of the textbook Internet Law in Canada which is now in its third edition, and the editor of In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, published in 2005 by Irwin Law.Dr. Geist serves on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board and maintains, a leading privacy law resource. His work has been recognized with several important awards including the 2008 Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, the 2003 Public Leadership Award from Canarie for his contribution to the Internet in Canada, and the 2002 Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Award. In 2003, he was named one of Canada Top 40 Under 40.He is regularly quoted in the national and international media on Internet law issues and has appeared before many government committees on copyright, telecom, privacy, and e-commerce policy.

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