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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • 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

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

The Skins controversy - a Canadian perspective

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • January 24 2011

The recent premiere of MTV's show Skins (which was shot in Toronto, and is based on a show of the same name originally broadcast in the UK by E4) has ignited a minor controversy: multiple media outlets have reported that some advertisers are pulling from the show and TV watchdog groups have raised the spectre of a violation of US child pornography laws

They're Beautiful People, they're just not Canadian - the Federal Court's Tricon decision

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • May 30 2011

A relatively rare event recently occurred: the Federal Court of Canada delivered a decision regarding a "Canadian content" certification decision made by CAVCO (the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • 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?

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • 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

Rogers et al v Socan: w(h)ither the "making available" right?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • November 16 2012

Among the unanswered questions arising in the wake of the massive changes to the Canadian copyright landscape in 2012 is the issue of precisely how the two seismic forces at work (i.e., The Copyright Modernization Act and the Supreme Court's "Copyright Pentalogy" cases) would interface with each other

Gross: criminal obscenity in film and TV productions

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • January 2 2013

On December 22, 2012, one of the stranger criminal law stories in recent Canadian history came to an end: Quebec-based special effects artist Remy Couture

Cinar v Robinson the Supreme Court talks entertainment law

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • 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

Wiping the slate clean: when fake movie products have real-world counterparts

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • September 24 2013

Often when practicing entertainment law, particularly in Canada, attempts to analyze a particular situation run up against a road-block: there seems