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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
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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

Canadian copyright and campaigns - moral rights edition

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
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  • January 28 2012

Canadian entertainment lawyers are forced to look on in wonderment (and envy?) at the plethora of entertainment law-related legal disputes which arise in the United States

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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • 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

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

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

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

Licenses for public performance of music at "live events" in Canada

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • March 22 2013

SOCAN (the Canadian public performance rights collective) recently announced that in 2012 they paid over $20 million in royalties from "concerts and

A Terms of Trade primer - Part 5 (Rights)

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • July 18 2011

This is the fifth installment in our series about the new Terms of Trade applicable to the English-language Canadian private broadcasting industry

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • 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?

Copyright reversions and loan-out corporations

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • April 23 2013

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to speak at an Ontario Bar Association Entertainment, Media & Communications Law Section session on the topic