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The Copyright Pentalogy

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Michael Geist

Acknowledgements

Michael Geist

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1Publishing a peer-reviewed book with this many contributors typically requires several years of work. Thanks to a special group of contributors, publishers, editors, and reviewers, that time frame shrank to less than nine months.

2Thanks are due first and foremost to the contributors. Each was presented with challenging timelines to complete their submissions and often asked to submit revised versions based on reviewer comments within days. Despite these exceptionally tight timelines, each contributor embraced this project with great enthusiasm and professionalism. Canada is fortunate to have such an exceptional group of academic experts working in the intellectual property field.

3Once the initial articles were delivered, three additional sets of contributors emerged. First, thanks to Bat Chen Stilmann-Hirsch, a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa, who coordinated student reviews and conducted additional checks of each article. Bat Chen’s work was exceptional and helped to ensure a smooth review process. Second, thanks to a terrific group of student editors, including Diana Marina Cooper, Michael Currie, Margaret Kim, Shirley Pelizer, Kent Sebastien and Melissa VanderHouwen, who provided exceptional citation and fact-checking reviews. Their work was particularly valuable given the decision to use the University of Ottawa’s Law and Technology Journal citation guide, which adopts an open access model to legal citation. Third, thanks to the international panel of peer reviewers who provided useful suggestions that improved each article within incredibly difficult deadlines.

4Thanks also goes to Anne Louise Mahoney, who copy edited the entire manuscript and oversaw its completion with additional edits, proofing, and layout, and to Jennifer Marston, who painstakingly checked all the notes for consistency of style.

5Thanks to the University of Ottawa Press, including Marie Clausén, Lara Mainville, and Rebecca Ross, who offered unfailing support for this book project. This book is the first in a new series for the press. I am proud to serve as collection editor for the new law, technology and society collection, which will be distinguished both by cutting-edge publications that address the intersection of law, technology and societal policies as well as by the availability of all books published in the collection under open access licences.

6Thanks as well to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada Research Chair program, as this book benefited from their financial support.

7Thanks also to my colleagues and family for their support throughout this project. It is a great honour to work with such an exceptional, supportive group of colleagues at the University of Ottawa.

8My wife, Allison, is the foundation of our family and a constant source of support without whom this book and my career would not be possible. Jordan, Ethan, and Gabrielle continue to amaze each day, as they blossom into teenagers (and would-be teenagers) intent on shaping the world around them. Copyright plays an increasingly important role in that world; it is hoped that this book will provide some insight into how the Supreme Court of Canada captured the attention of the global copyright community with an emphasis on users’ rights, technological neutrality, and a legal framework that balances the interests of all stakeholders.

9February 2013

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