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OBA EM&C: who owns that? Copyright terminations and reversions in the United States and Canada

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • March 6 2013

Court battles waged by the heirs of the co-creators of Superman and the co-writer of “Y.M.C.A” (Victor Willis, the “cop”, in case you were wondering

Pandora and US copyright royalties

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • November 6 2012

A little over two years ago, in a post entitled "Pandora and Canadian Copyright Royalties", I examined why it was that online music service Pandora (formally Pandora Internet Radio) was not available in Canada but it was available in the United States

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

Neighbouring rights in the US and Canada: contracts and copyrights

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • 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

You're getting sued for what? An E&O odyssey (Pt 8)

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 22 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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • 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

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

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • 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

Dick Tracy returns: the importance of specificity in reversion clauses

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 31 2011

Reports about Warren Beatty's recent court victory in respect of the film and television rights to the Dick Tracy property offer a chance to reflect on the wording of reversion clauses

Abend v Spielberg - more on the ideaexpression dichotomy

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • October 15 2010

The recent decision of the Southern District of New York Court in The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, v. Steven Spielberg et al., No. 08 Civ. 7810 United States District Court, S.D. New York, September 21, 2010 (full text of the decision is available here) offers another opportunity to see how courts handle assessing the "ideaexpression dichotomy" in cases of alleged copyright infringement

ASCAP, SOCAN, public performances and telecommunications

  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
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  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • 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