Anne Of The Public Domain

A controversial piece of Canadian legislation which would have extended the copyright of certain works of literature – most notably, the Anne of Green Gables series – has apparently died in Parliament, but the story of how it met its demise is as rife with political intrigue as the question of how such a specific measure found its way into legislative print in the first place. The estate of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Green Gables books, had pushed especially hard for passage, and questions are swirling about the political influence of the Montgomery family as a result.