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Friday, June 1, 2018, 11:30-12:00 Room 1900

Rowena Johnson – University of Calgary


On March 31, 2016 the University of Calgary announced that Universal Music Canada had donated the complete archive of EMI Music Canada to the university’s Libraries and Cultural Resources. The EMI Music Canada Archive documents 63 years of Canadian music industry, from 1949 to 2012 and includes the works of Canadian and International recording artists, such as Tom Cochrane, Anne Murray, Glass Tiger, Robbie Robertson, the Beach Boys, Iron Maiden and many more. The collection consists of master recordings, demo tapes, publicity and candid photographs, album cover art, creative outlines for music videos, drafts of song lyrics, marketing plans, awards, and correspondence between artists, producers, engineers and EMI Music Canada executives. The copyright for this collection is as complex and diverse as the materials in it.

In addition to preserving this important cultural collection, Universal Music Canada, the University of Calgary and the National Music Centre, a key collaborator in the donation, have committed to providing broad access to researchers, educators and the public.

This session will outline the role that the University of Calgary Copyright Office played in the procurement of this collection and ongoing involvement in the preservation, promotion and dissemination efforts. The Copyright Office has provided contributions to donor and partnership agreements and grant applications, analysis and application of fair dealing and Library, Archives and Museum exceptions and established permissions procedures and researcher agreements.


Rowena Johnson (Wake) is Copyright Officer at the University of Calgary

Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia wish to acknowledge the Coast Salish People on whose traditional territories we are privileged to live, work and play.

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