Copyright (band)

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Copyright, originally spelled ©, was a Canadian alternative rock band, active in the 1990s and early 2000s.


The band was launched by vocalist Thomas Anselmi and guitarist Christian Thorvaldson, former members of the short-lived and controversial punk rock band Slow,[1] with new bassist Eric Marxsen and drummer Pete Bourne. The band was formed in 1987,[2] when Anselmi and Thorvaldson settled on that name after having collaborated under the short-lived band names Mo and Christian Thorvaldson's Freeze-Dried Dog since the demise of Slow.[2]

Initially, the band spelled its name as the symbol ©, pronounced as "Circle C".[3] Under that name, they released a self-titled debut album via Geffen Records in 1991.[4] That album sold poorly, and the band was dropped from Geffen.

After a few years of struggling to continue in the music industry, they were signed to BMG Music, releasing their second album Love Story in 1996 under the name Copyright.[5] The singles "Transfiguration" and "Radio" were released from that album. Love Story was a shortlisted Juno Award nominee for Best Alternative Album at the Juno Awards of 1998.[6]

The album The Hidden World followed in 2001, with the song "Rock Machine" being released as a single. The band disbanded not long after.[7]


  1. ^ "Have Not Been The Same Redux". Toronto Standard, Tabassum Siddiqui. June 13th, 2011
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Slow duo puts together band with a wicked sound". Vancouver Sun, October 14, 1988.
  3. ^ Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
  4. ^ "Slow-ly, they came full Circle". Toronto Star, December 13, 1991.
  5. ^ "It's all in the name for Vancouver band". Kingston Whig-Standard, June 23, 1998.
  6. ^ "Top Canadian talent up for Juno awards". The Province, February 12, 1998.
  7. ^ "MIRROR reflects Thomas Anselmi's ambition". Georgia Straight, October 30, 2008.

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