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The "pay or play" clause in film and TV contracts
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 15 2011

I was speaking at a conference earlier this week when the discussion turned to the issue of "pay or play" (sometimes rendered "pay-or-play") clauses in film- and TV-related contracts, particularly contracts entered into by actors or other participants in the creative process (such as directors


Online infringement: Canadian "notice and notice" vs us "notice and takedown"
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 27 2012

News that Canadian band In-Flight Safety has been subject to postings of its songs on YouTube being removed by the service for purported copyright infringement ("Maritime band battles to keep music on YouTube") means a timely opportunity to consider the differences between Canadian and US copyright law when it comes to infringing content online


Keep your pants on - the morals clause in performer contracts
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • January 18 2012

How much room for innovation is there in the realm of the so-called "morals clause"?


Question and answer: who owns the copyright in an interview?
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • 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


Who’s got the look? Pelchat c Zone 3 inc. et al.
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 4 2013

For reasons which elude me, the Quebec courts get all the interesting entertainment law disputes in Canada (see also: Robinson v Films Cinar Inc


2012 top Canadian entertainment, media and communications law stories
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • December 27 2012

In keeping with tradition, and gambling that there won't actually be any significant entertainmentmedia law occurrences between now and January 1, 2013


Question and answer: do I need permission to use a photograph of public domain art?
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 23 2011

Let's imagine someone wants to use a photograph of a very old painting in their movie or television show (or, what the heck, in a book) - under Canadian law, do they need permission from the photographer or other owner of the photograph?


Pay me now and pay me later: lump sum vs on-going royalties
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • November 10 2011

Over at the Dear Rich, Nolo's IP blog, they've got a question and answer segment which is worth some attention for those advising individuals in the creative industries:


SOCAN announces new arrangement for YouTube revenues
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • December 2 2013

In early November, SOCAN (the Canadian performing rights collective) announced the entering into of a new agreement which probably should have


Neighbouring rights in the US and Canada: contracts and copyrights
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • 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