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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
  • -
  • 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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • 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

Fan fiction - after the Copyright Modernization Act

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • December 11 2012

When we last discussed "fan fiction" here at the Signal back in early 2010 (Fan Fiction - Perspectives on Fiction and Its Fans) it was noted that the considerations to be taken into account when discussing fan fiction were a mix of legal, artistic and commercial

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

Cinar v Robinson the Supreme Court talks entertainment law

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • December 30 2013

Claude Robinson's long legal march is over. On December 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous decision in Cinar Corporation

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

Neighbouring rights in the US and Canada: contracts and copyrights

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • June 6 2012

The news that Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Big Machine Label Group have reached a private agreement whereby the broadcasting undertaking will pay to the record label and its artists a revenue-based royalty for terrestrial radio broadcasts is instructive for a number of reasons

Jones v Corbis - walking down a red carpet and implied consent to uses of images

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 3 2011

When a celebrity (or anyone else) walks down a red carpet, what are they consenting to in terms of the use of their image?