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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • 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

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

You're getting sued for what? An E&O odyssey (Pt 7)

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • February 28 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, and which aims to demonstrate that what might seem to a producer to be paranoia on the part of their lawyer is, in fact, well-founded

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

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

Creating contracts by email - "written" doesn't always mean "in writing"

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • November 14 2011

Two recent court decisions (one Canadian, one American) serve as useful reminders that binding contracts and assignments of rights can be created via exchanges of emails almost as easily as they can be created by "written" documents

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