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Supreme Court in Robinson v Films Cinar Inc: protecting what lies between ideas and expression

  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
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  • Canada
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  • February 20 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its long-awaited judgment in Robinson v Films Cinar Inc,2013 SCC 73, which deals with issues of

Landmark counterfeiting case awards Louis Vuitton and Burberry $2.5 million in damages: Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. Singga Enterprises (Canada) Inc

  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
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  • Canada
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  • July 28 2011

A recent landmark decision by the Federal Court awarded luxury brands Louis Vuitton and Burberry $2.48 million, the highest amount of damages awarded in a Canadian anti-counterfeiting case

New affidavit struck from record in judicial review

  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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  • Canada
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  • February 6 2012

This is an interlocutory motion to strike an affidavit in a Judicial Review (JR) of the decision of the Copyright Board

Supreme Court clarifies scope of fair dealing

  • Stikeman Elliott LLP
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  • Canada
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  • July 13 2012

On July 12, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the scope of the “fair dealing” exception to copyright infringement, found in section 29 of the Copyright Act, which allows copies to be made for research, private study, criticism and review

Liner notes in a digital age - moral rights implications?

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada
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  • September 5 2012

As reported by APCPCBC (Liner notes for the digital age), the Recording Academy (the nice folks who stage the Grammys) have announced a new initiative: called the "Give Fans the Credit" campaign, the campaign seeks to "enhance fans' discovery of new music by ensuring all music creators are credited for their work on digitally released recordings"; as the Academy's press release goes on to state

Internet previews of music can be fair dealing under copyright

  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
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  • Canada
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  • August 11 2010

The Federal Court of Appeal recently released an important ruling on the scope of the fair-dealing exception, in a judicial review of the Copyright Board’s decision on SOCAN Tariff 22.A

SCC to decide whether previews of musical works are “fair dealing”

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
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  • Canada
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  • February 9 2012

Some commercial Internet sites that sell downloads of musical works allow users to preview an excerpt (usually 30 seconds or less) of a work prior to purchasing

It was bound to happen: file sharing lawsuits have returned to Canada (Voltage Pictures, 2011 FC 1024)

  • anticIPate Law
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  • Canada
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  • December 13 2012

More than five years ago, BMG Canada Inc. and a number of other music companies (“BMG”) took a run at file sharers in Canada and received a chilly reception for their trouble

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

A practical guide to software license agreements: term and termination

  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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  • Canada
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  • February 17 2012

Software licenses and associated services are usually time-limited and subject to early termination