101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to by Yann Martel

By Yann Martel

From the mailbox of the major Minister's workplace in your bookshelf, an inventory of greater than a hundred books that each Canadian may still learn. This principally one-sided correspondence from the "loneliest booklet membership within the world" is a compendium for bibliophiles and people who stick to the Canadian political scene. shrewdpermanent, subversive, signed, sealed, and now to be had to you...even in case your tackle isn't really eighty Wellington highway.

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In other words, if the ultimate purpose of copyright was not to engender property but to reward intellectual achievement and creativity, Britain ought to let Canadian publishing develop on a fair and level basis; as things stood, the law le it at a fatal disadvantage in both the North American context and within the empire. Regional development called for be er governance than this. ’ Beginning with the Foreign Reprints Act (a ‘tax’ in the sense that it protected American reprints in Canada when Canadian books could have been produced more cheaply), the The Principles of Copyright 27 government would have to li the impediments to local publishing in order for invention, discovery, community, and self-knowledge to flourish in the Dominion.

60 He pressed Farrer on the absurdity of boiling text down to property: ‘If a man tells, or reads to you, the contents of any copyright work, will you refuse, under any circumstances whatever, to listen? ’ Surely the reader’s moral obligation to pay ceased at some point. On the one hand, authors deserved to benefit from the circulation of their work; on the other, society deserved to develop without undue barriers to education and industrialization. Rose’s le er of 9 April made another astute observation.

This would at last liberate them to supply the domestic demand for books of general literature. The costs of production being cheaper in The Principles of Copyright 21 Canada than in the post-bellum United States, it would also enable them to export their reprints to the American market. 15 The scheme was cleverly devised to encourage Canadian printing and publishing while remunerating the British author, and it realistically envisioned industrial development in the context of continental competition; a er all, those in the business knew that when it came to general literature, anglophone North America was essentially one book market.

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