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Keep your pants on - the morals clause in performer contracts

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • January 18 2012

How much room for innovation is there in the realm of the so-called "morals clause"?

The "pay or play" clause in film and TV contracts

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • June 15 2011

I was speaking at a conference earlier this week when the discussion turned to the issue of "pay or play" (sometimes rendered "pay-or-play") clauses in film- and TV-related contracts, particularly contracts entered into by actors or other participants in the creative process (such as directors

Online infringement: Canadian "notice and notice" vs us "notice and takedown"

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • June 27 2012

News that Canadian band In-Flight Safety has been subject to postings of its songs on YouTube being removed by the service for purported copyright infringement ("Maritime band battles to keep music on YouTube") means a timely opportunity to consider the differences between Canadian and US copyright law when it comes to infringing content online

Creating contracts by email - "written" doesn't always mean "in writing"

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • November 14 2011

Two recent court decisions (one Canadian, one American) serve as useful reminders that binding contracts and assignments of rights can be created via exchanges of emails almost as easily as they can be created by "written" documents

Newly certified SOCAN Tariff 22.A expands to cover "video-clips"

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • October 6 2012

On October 5, 2012, the Copyright Board of Canada certified SOCAN Tariff 22.A (2007-2010) and CSI Online Musical Services Tariff (2008-2010

Canada's new photography copyright regime: clearance challenges

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • December 3 2012

With the coming into force of many of the provisions of the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) on November 7, 2012, Canadian copyright law boasts a new regime with respect to photographs

Turmel v CBC (Dragons' Den) - enforceability of depiction releases

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • July 12 2011

The Toronto Star is reporting that oral arguments in the appeal of the Turmel v CBC (Dragons' Den) decision are currently underway ("Brantford entrepreneur claims 'Dragons' defamed him"

Neighbouring rights in the US and Canada: contracts and copyrights

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • June 6 2012

The news that Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Big Machine Label Group have reached a private agreement whereby the broadcasting undertaking will pay to the record label and its artists a revenue-based royalty for terrestrial radio broadcasts is instructive for a number of reasons

Bill C-11, TPMS, private use and statutory damages

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • October 5 2011

The Montreal Gazette ran an editorial today regarding Bill C-11 (the Copyright Modernization Act), which contains a glaring factual error regarding statutory damages and technological protection measures (TPMs

Conroy on personality rights in Canada

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • January 23 2012

Amy Conroy, a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, has written an excellent article summarizing the various legal regimes applicable to the protection of "personality rights" in Canada, from the common law tort of "appropriation of personality" to the statutory "privacy" regimes in various provinces to the civil code and Quebec Charter-based position found in Quebec