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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

Bratz and Baby Buddies - clarifying the ideaexpression dichotomy

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • August 10 2010

The ideaexpression dichotomy is fundamental to copyright law, and can be stated with relative ease

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

Crookes v Newton - hyperlinks and liability

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • October 20 2011

It's been an exciting few years (relatively speaking) for defamation law in Canada: in 2008 the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in WIC Radio Ltd

Enforceability of depiction releases redux MHR Board Game Design v CBC

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
  • -
  • July 29 2013

Whatever else one might want to say about the CBC television series Dragons' Den, this much is indisputable: no other television show in Canadian

Baglow v Smith: appeal court sets aside summary judgment and orders trial

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 14 2012

A further development in what could become a precedent-setting case involving online political discourse and blogs: the Ontario Court of Appeal has set aside the order of summary judgment in Baglow v Smith and has directed the action to proceed to trial

Depicting trade-marks in artistic works: University of Alabama vs New Life Art

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • July 3 2012

Although a decision from the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has limited precedential value in Canadian courts, the decision in University of Alabama vs New Life Art, Inc. (filed June 11, 2012) (hat tip: Hollywood, Esq.) is useful for Canadian entertainment lawyers because it indicates the analytical framework which courts use in assessing whether infringement has occurred when a trade-mark is incorporated into an artistic work

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

Hernandez gets boo-urned in Federal Court statutory damages for copyright infringement

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • 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

You're getting sued for what? An E&O odyssey (Pt 9)

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • October 30 2012

This post is part of an occasional series highlighting the type of risks which film and TV producers face and which are supposed to be covered by E&O insurance