New book display: New & Featured Books for March 2018

A book display with six books, on three levels of a bookcase. On the top left shelf is a sign that says "New and featured books". Book titles are in the blog post.We’ve recently received quite a few new books for the Library,  and we wanted to put them on display!

They are:

If you’d like to check out any of these materials, please let us know.

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Business Law Update

The latest edition of Business Law from Manitoba eLaw is now live! Some of the articles in Issue No. 82, March 2018 include:

  • “Something More Than Nothing” Required to Discharge Duty: SCC
  • BLA Does Not Apply to Contracts or Work Related to Hydro Project: MBQB
  • Oppression Remedy Not Suited to Addressing Family Dispute: MBQB
  • Legislative Update
  • Federal Budget 2018
  • Consultation on Modernizing The Builders’ Liens Act: MLRC
  • Consultation Paper on Reviewing AML and ATF Regimes: Department of Finance


New book display: Fair Use/Dealings Week

A book display with three books, on two levels of a bookcase. In the middle is a sign that says "New and featured books: Fair Dealings Week". Book titles are in the blog post.In honour of Fair Use/Fair Dealings week, here are some of the resources available in the Great Library:


  • The Annotated Copyright Act by Normand Tamaro (Thomson Reuters, 2017)
  • Intellectual Property Litigation : Forms and Precedents by Paul V. Lomic (LexisNexis, 2016)
  • Intellectual Property Journal (Vol. 1-28, 1984-2016)


*You must be signed in to the Law Society of Manitoba’s Member’s Portal before you are able to view these e-resources. If you are outside of Manitoba, please get in touch with your respective Law Society Library.

Articles & Websites
The following resources are freely available online for anyone to view:

  • Fair Dealing Canada – Resource hub for fair dealing in Canada
  • Michael Geist‘s website
  • Howard Knopf’s website, “Excess Copyright”
  • Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow by Steven Mendelez
    • “Anyone can now find infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand thousands in damages. Can the trolls be far behind?”
  • The Saga of Canada’s “Making Available Right” in Three Acts by Cameron Hutchison
    • “Enter our protagonist – the “making available right” [MAR] – which effectively identifies the point of upload as the situs of infringement, thus promising to remedy this situation. The uploader is the one who perpetrates infringement and this entity is now deterred from doing this for fear of being sued. […] it matters not whether the work uploaded is ultimately streamed or copied – we have “our man” and we do not need to worry about those downstream parties.”
  • Slaw also has an entire category dedicated to Intellectual Property

Fair Use/Fair Dealings Week Feb 26-Mar 2

A logo with an interlocking circle on the left and text on the right in two shades of blue that says "Fair Dealing Week".

Next week is Fair Use/Fair Dealings Week, a week to inform, educate, and celebrate the concepts of Fair Use (United States) and Fair Dealings (Canada) as well as in other countries.

As described by,

Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.

As copyright, fair dealing, and education are some of the core values of Canadian libraries, the Great Library hopes this can be a week to help inform users about fair dealing and how it intersects with clients, and promote a better understanding of copyright law and intellectual property as well. The issue has been litigated in Federal Court as recently as last July, between York University and Access Copyright, the collective which collects royalties on behalf of its authors.

Next week we will be putting up a display in the library, as well as including e-resources that members of the Law Society can access online. Stay tuned!