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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
  • -
  • 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
  • -
  • 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

Canadian copyright: moral rights and criminal charges

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • January 8 2013

In the autumn of 2012, Vladimir Umanets was charged and convicted of defacing a Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern gallery in London, England. As

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

ASCAP, SOCAN, public performances and telecommunications

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • September 30 2010

The US Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision in US v ASCAP (sometimes referred to as ASCAP v RealNetworks) has generated a surprising amount of commentary - particularly from practitioners and academics outside of the United States

Rush and Rush: using music in political activities (Redux)

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • March 15 2012

News reports that Rush (the band) have demanded that Rush (the Limbaugh) desist from using the band's music in his radio broadcasts have re-raised an issue we have considered here at the Signal on few different occasions

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • 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

Pandora and Canadian copyright royalties

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 26 2010

CBC News reported earlier this week about the lack of availability in Canada of onlinemobile streaming services in Canada such as Pandora and Spotify: "Mobile music service rejects Canada, blames fees"

What the bleep? Coarse language in radio broadcasts

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • January 31 2013

As Eric Alper recently pointed out on Twitter, A$AP Rocky's song "Fkin Problems" is the latest in a string of songs that have the word "fk" (or