Selected Publications

  • “What is Fair Dealing in Copyright: Here’s why it Matters when Moving Classes Online due to Coronavirus” The Conversation, April 28, 2020, available online:
  • “Fighting Doug Ford’s Budget Cuts to Ontario Libraries”  The Conversation, May 13, 2019, available online: 
  • “How privatized cannabis sales threaten your privacy” The Conversation, August 27, 2018, available online: 
  • “Fighting Doug Ford’s threat to shrink Toronto city council” The Conversation, July 30, 2018, available online: 
  • “It’s time to merge Ontario’s two school systems” The Conversation, July 22, 2018, available online: 
  • “The Internet of Things: Implications for Consumer Privacy under Canadian Law” (co-authored by Lindsay Taylor and Alexandrina Hanam, 2017) available online: <>.
  • Submission to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Consultation on Consent and Privacy”  (co-authored by Scott Tremblay and Daniel Weiss, 2016) available online: <>.
  • “Commodification of Information and the Public Good: New Challenges for a Progressive Librarianship” Progressive Librarian no.43, Winter 2014/2015.
  • “Copyright as Barrier to Creativity: The Case of User-Generated Content” Chapter 25 (pp 521-39) in “Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches” B. Courtney Doagoo, Mistrale Goudreau, Madelaine Saginur and Teresa Scassa (eds) (2014, Irwin Law,available online at
  • The New Telecommunications Foreign Investment Regime and Rural Broadband. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8(2), 23-43. (co authored with Michael B. McNally)
  • Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide, (2nd edition, co-authored with Laura Murray, Between the Lines, 2013).
  • “Fair Dealing Practices in the Post-Secondary Education Sector after the Pentalogy,” Chapter 7 ( pp 213-233) in Michael Geist , (ed.), The Copyright Pentalogy:  How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, UOttawa Press, available online at
  • “Objections to the Proposed Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff and its Progeny Licenses: A Working Paper” (co authored by Scott Armstrong & Brent Harasym,14 August 2012) <>.
  • “Technology Transfer and Innovation Policy at Canadian Universities: Opportunities and Social Costs” SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant Report (co authored by Michael B. McNally, Laura E. Briggs, Cameron Hoffman, Cassandra D. Ball, Adam Jacobs, and Bridget Moran, May 15, 2012) [link to full text]
  • ‘User-generated online content 1: overview, current state and context” (co-authored by Pamela J. McKenzie, Jacquelyn Burkell, Caroline Whippey, Lola Wong, Samuel Trosow  and Michael B. McNally) First Monday Volume 17, No. 6 (June 4, 2012). [full text]
  • “User-generated online content 2: policy implications” (co-authored by Michael B. McNally, Samuel E. Trosow, Lola Wong, Caroline Whippey, Pamela McKenzie, and Jacquelyn Burkell)  First Monday Volume 17, No. 6 (June 4, 2012). [full text]
  • “The copyright policy paradox: Overcoming competing agendas within the digital labour movement” Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization Volume 10, issue 3/4. [full text]
  • Mobilizing User-Generated Content for Canada’s Digital Advantage (co-authors Jacquelyn Burkell, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Pamela McKenzie, Michael B. McNally, Caroline Whippey and Lola Wong) Final Report for SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant (Dec 1, 2010). [link to full text]
  • “Bill C-32 and the Educational Sector: Overcoming Impediments to Fair Dealing”, Chapter 18 (pp 519-546) in Michael Geist (ed), Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda: From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright (Irwin Law, 2010).
  • “A Holistic Model of Information Policy .” Feliciter 56:2(46) 2010. [full text]
  • “Why Copyright Fair-Dealing Needs Flexibility .” Lawyers Weekly 29: 41(March 12, 2010).
  • “Law and Technology Theory: Bringing in Some Economic Analysis.” Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 2010 30: 30-32.
  • Copyright Consultation Submission. Osgoode Hall Rev of Law and Policy 2(2):169. (November 2009) [full text]
  • Internet FIltering in the Public Library: ‘Censorship’ or ‘Customer Service’? OLA Access Magazine (July 2008)   [expanded version]
  • Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide (co-authored with Laura Murray, Between the Lines, 2007) [Introduction] [Chapter 1: Copyright’s Rationales]
  • Information Flows and the Transfer of Knowledge: A Conceptual Approach for Policy Makers (McGill University, 2006 Meredith Lectures).
  • Constraining Public Libraries: The World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (co-authored with Kirsti Nilsen, Scarecrow Press, 2006).
  • “Changing Landscape of Academic Libraries and Copyright Policy: Interlibrary Loans, Electronic-Reserves, and Distance Education.” Chapter 14 (pp 375-407) in Michael Geist, (ed.) “In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law.” (Irwin Law, 2005, available online at:
  • “Sui Generis Database Legislation: A Critical Analysis” Yale Journal of Law and Technology. 7: 94 (Spring 2005).
  • “The Ownership and Commodification of Legal Knowledge: Using Social Theory of the Information Age as a Tool for Policy Analysis,” Manitoba Law Journal 30(3): 417 (2004).
  • “Copyright Protection for Federally Funded Research: Necessary Incentive or Double Subsidy?” Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 22: 613 (2004). [full text]
  • “Databases and the Fields of Law: Are There New Divisions of Labor?” Law Library Journal 96(1):63-93. [full text]
  • “Terminology is Important,” (in Perspectives column: “Patrons, Customers, Users, Clients: Who are They and What Difference Does it Make What we Call Them?”) Public Libraries 43(2): 86-87 (March/April 2004).
  • “Fast-Track Trade Authority and the Free Trade Agreements: Implications for Copyright Law,” Canadian Journal of Law & Technology 2(2): (July 2003). [full text]
  • “The Illusive Search for Justificatory Theories: Copyright, Commodification and Capital,” Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence XVI(2): 217-41 (July 2003).
  • “Fair-Use in the Digital Age” in Global Issues in 21st Century Research Librarianship, Sigrun Klara Hannesdottir ed. (Helsinki, NORDINFO 2002).
  • “Jurisdictional Disputes and the Unauthorized Practice Of Law: New Challenges for Law Librarianship,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 20 (4): 1-18 (Fall 2001).
  • “Standpoint Epistemology as an Alternative Methodology for Library and Information Science.” Library Quarterly 71 (3): 360-382. (July 2001). [Abstract]
  • “When is a Use a Fair Use? University Liability for Educational Copying,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 1.1 (2001): 47-57.
  • “Organizational Theory in Library and Information Science Education,” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 41(2): 129-142 (Spring 2000).
  • “Economic Analysis and Copyright Law: Are New Models Needed in the Digital Age?” Legal References Services Quarterly 17 (1 & 2):: 161-194 (1999).[Abstract]

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