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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"?

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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • 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

Rogers et al v Socan: w(h)ither the "making available" right?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • November 16 2012

Among the unanswered questions arising in the wake of the massive changes to the Canadian copyright landscape in 2012 is the issue of precisely how the two seismic forces at work (i.e., The Copyright Modernization Act and the Supreme Court's "Copyright Pentalogy" cases) would interface with each other

Invasion of privacy tort in Ontario - implications for entertainment lawyers

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • January 19 2012

The question of whether Ontario law recognizes a tort cause of action for invasionbreach of privacy has long been a contentious one - but it has finally been definitively settled in the affirmative

Title dispute - similar or identical titles for film and TV projects

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • November 17 2010

A suitable name for an entertainment project can be critical to its success and can even enhance the aesthetic effect of the overall work

Question and answer: do I need permission to film the outside of a building?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 6 2011

The Copyright Act (Canada) extends copyright protection to "architectural works" (a subset of "artistic works") - does a filmmaker need permission to film the exterior of a building in a film or TV project?

Parody defence not far far away

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

The good folks at the Lawyers Weekly have published a short commentary of mine on the imminent introduction into Canadian copyright law of a parody and satire defence: Parody defence not far far away

Copyright commentary: the uproar over UBB means the copyright wars will linger

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • March 28 2011

An arcane CRTC decision in February on “usage-based billing” among Internet service providers prompted an explosion of public anger. When the federal government voiced almost immediate concessions to the rage, at least one conclusion became inescapable: the copyright wars are not going to end any time soon

Moral rights extended - but how far?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • December 10 2012

Of the many provisions of the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) which came into force on November 7, 2012, few have received as little attention as new sections 17.1 and 17.2 of the Copyright Act, which extend "moral rights" to "performers"