Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867-1918
Published: June 2022© 2011
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in
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.
- Conceiving the 1875 Act, 1868–72: The Principles of Copyright
- Achieving the 1875 Act, 1872–75: The London Publishers Prevail
- Clarifying the 1875 Act, 1876–77: The Stunting of Belford Brothers
- Living With the 1875 Act: William Briggs: Printer, Binder, Distributor
- The 1900 Amendment, the Agency System, and the Macmillan Company of Canada
- The North American Copyright Divide: Black Rock and the Magnification of Ralph Connor