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Question and answer: do I need permission to use a photograph of public domain art?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 23 2011

Let's imagine someone wants to use a photograph of a very old painting in their movie or television show (or, what the heck, in a book) - under Canadian law, do they need permission from the photographer or other owner of the photograph?

Keep your pants on - the morals clause in performer contracts

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • January 18 2012

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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • 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

Still unsure: Copyright Board denies application for interim tariff on UGC and online movie delivery

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • February 22 2012

In a decision dated February 17, 2012, the Copyright Board has denied the request made by SOCAN for an interim tariff which would have applied to the online delivery of movies and television shows and the use of musical works in "user generated content" (UGC) - the interim tariff would have applied to services such as Netflix, YouTube, MySpace and Facebook

The first cut is the deepest - the right of directors to "cut" their films

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • February 13 2012

What does it mean to call something a "director's cut"?

Licensing and sale of copyright and the (un)willingness to pay

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 13 2010

The New York Times had an excellent article last week ("The Music-Copyright Enforcers" by John Bowe) (hat tip: Miri Frankel at The 1709 Blog) which explores the task and challenges facing performing rights organizations (the entities, such as SOCAN (in Canada), ASCAP and BMI (in the US)) which license the public performance of musical compositions

Hernandez gets boo-urned in Federal Court statutory damages for copyright infringement

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • January 16 2014

As my colleague Monique Ashamalla pointed out over at our sister blog, IP Advocate, the Federal Court of Canada recently handed down a judgment of

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • 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

Question and answer: who owns the copyright in an interview?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • February 4 2011

While this may seem to be an obscure (or least inconsequential) question, it has relevance not just for journalists, but for freelance writers, documentarians, creators of non-fiction works and novelists

Canada's new photography copyright regime: clearance challenges

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • 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