Call for proposals is now closed.


General questions about submitting a proposal for ABC 2019: contact Christina Winter at

Submission deadline was extended to January 19, 2018.

The 2018 Program Committee invites proposals for conference sessions. A list of potential session topics is offered below, but all relevant proposals will be considered.

  • Updates on lawsuits (York, Laval) and their implications; implications of other court cases
  • Copyright Modernization Act: Parliamentary review update
  • Copyright and archives/museums/outside of post-secondary academia
  • Tensions and opportunities between openness and copyright (open access, OERs, etc.)
  • Fair dealing’s effect on educational publishing in Canada
  • Fair dealing guidelines, especially departures from the Universities Canada template
  • Copyright outreach and working with other campus units
  • Workshopping “tough questions” and possible responses
  • Collaborative projects and/or workshop space for collaboration
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Teaching with copyright-protected content, e.g., learning management systems, audiovisual material, online material
  • Tariffs and their applicability in the copyright context
  • Licensing, contracts
  • Sharing of copyright policies/procedures/guidelines and copyright OERs
  • Advocacy issues for the next five years

Author Guidelines

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.

Proposals should also indicate:

  • Type of session (panel, paper, demo…)
  • Time needed (including both presentation and Q&A if relevant) (30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes)
  • Expected technical needs (e.g., audiovidual needs, laptop or connectors needed)


Submit your proposal by 11:59pm on Friday, December 8, 2017.

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