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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

Canadian copyright and campaigns - moral rights edition

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • 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

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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • 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?

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

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

New CAVCO policy re proof of Canadian citizenship

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 10 2010

The Canadian Audio-visual Certification Office (CAVCO) has announced a new policy (CAVCO Public Notice 2010-01) relating to the submission and retention of documentation required to prove that an individual is Canadian for purposes of obtaining "Canadian content" tax credits

Damage awards in internet defamation cases

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • November 28 2010

Matthew Nied has written a very interesting and well-researched article (published by the Alberta Law Review Supplement) (hat tip: slaw) calling for a reassessment of how Canadian courts treat damage awards for online defamation:"Damage Awards in Internet Defamation Cases: Reassessing Assumptions About the Credibility of Online Speech"

Bill C-32 commentary: we should avoid omnibus copyright reform

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • February 1 2011

Copyright is contentious, in some cases intractably so, but the way in which we approach copyright reform is making matters worse