2009-10-22 Sam Trosow

Title: Applying Privacy by Design concepts to Copyright Policy presented by Sam Trosow

Date: Thursday October 22, 2009
Time: 6:00pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa


There is a growing convergence in the areas of copyright and privacy policies and it is becoming problematic to think of these two distinct fields in isolation. This discussion will focus on the intersection of copyright and privacy issues in the context of the recent consultations to amend Canada’s Copyright Act and how the concepts of /Privacy by Design/ might be applied to public policy as well as design concepts in the private sector.

In the area of privacy policies, there has been recent interest about extending privacy concerns to the level of design of technological systems. /Privacy by Design/ is a concept that is now being IT systems; business practices; physical design and infrastructure. Yet these principles may be also be fruitfully applied to the /design/ of public policies as well.

The recent round of submissions in the government’s copyright consultations, as well as many of the concerns raised about the provisions of Bill C-61, demonstrate that there are many outstanding copyright policy issues which directly implicate privacy interests including digital rights management, technological protection measures, the anti-circumvention rules and Internet Service Provider liability rules.


Dr. Samuel Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS). Trosow’s research, which is at the intersection of Library & Information Science and Law, focuses on information policy issues. He is a frequent speaker on information law and policy issues and is the co-author of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide (with Laura Murray, Between the Lines, 2007). In the Law Faculty his teaching has included Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Comparative Copyright, Copyright Theory Seminar, Information Law, Urban Law and the graduate seminar in legal theory. In FIMS he has taught Legal Issues for Information Professionals, International Documents, Information Policy, Legal Information Sources and Services, Political Economy of Information Seminar, and Perspectives in Library and Information Science. Before coming to Western in 2001, Trosow was a law librarian at the Boalt Hall Law Library at UC Berkeley and was previously engaged in the private practice of law. His doctoral work at UCLA in Library & Information Science focused on information policy issues and his dissertation (/Information for Society: Towards a Critical Theory of Intellectual Property Policy/, 2002) received the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) – Eugene Garfield Dissertation Award. During the 2007-08 year he served as the Faculty Scholar in Residence at the Canadian Association of University Teachers in Ottawa and he is also a member of the Copyright Working Group of the Canadian Library Association. He maintains a website at http://samtrosow.ca/ where he comments on copyright and other issues.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Thursday October 22, 6:00pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant.

Note: there is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. An informal social gathering will follow at a nearby pub.

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