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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


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


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"?


New CAVCO policy re proof of Canadian citizenship
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • September 10 2010

The Canadian Audio-visual Certification Office (CAVCO) has announced a new policy (CAVCO Public Notice 2010-01) relating to the submission and retention of documentation required to prove that an individual is Canadian for purposes of obtaining "Canadian content" tax credits


Dispute resolution processes in entertainment contracts
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • October 18 2011

James Kosa wrote an interesting and thoughtful piece over at slaw last week: Shape-Shifting Dispute Processes: Adapting the Process to the Type of IT Dispute


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


The Gibson conundrum - recording telephone calls
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • July 26 2010

Depending on the type of news websites and television shows you frequent, it was difficult last week to escape the near-constant reporting surrounding the public release of telephone conversations between Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend (Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post has a detailed discussion of the matter ("Mel Gibson hits the Radar screen"), with particular focus on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering among various competing media outlets


Copyright in choreography in Canada
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • October 15 2011

Pop mega-star Beyoncé was accused this past week of copying dance moves in her video for the song "Countdown"


Not my Anne - possible perils of book cover designs
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • February 12 2013

Last week we got to enjoy watching a bit of a kerfuffle develop after Canadian news outlets trumpeted the availability on Amazon.com of a


You're getting sued for what? An E&O odyssey (Pt 10)
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 6 2013

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