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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"?


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


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


Cinar v Robinson the Supreme Court talks entertainment law
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • December 30 2013

Claude Robinson's long legal march is over. On December 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous decision in Cinar Corporation


Fan fiction - after the Copyright Modernization Act
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • December 11 2012

When we last discussed "fan fiction" here at the Signal back in early 2010 (Fan Fiction - Perspectives on Fiction and Its Fans) it was noted that the considerations to be taken into account when discussing fan fiction were a mix of legal, artistic and commercial


Rush and Rush: using music in political activities (Redux)
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 15 2012

News reports that Rush (the band) have demanded that Rush (the Limbaugh) desist from using the band's music in his radio broadcasts have re-raised an issue we have considered here at the Signal on few different occasions


Court provides SLAPP relief - but not enough
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • November 8 2012

In 2010, Ontario's Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel released released its Report to the Attorney-General


(The Final) Bill C-32: commentary round-up
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 28 2011

Bill C-32 (The Copyright Modernization Act) died with the prorogation of the 40th Canadian Parliament on March 26, 2011


Question and answer: do I need permission to film the outside of a building?
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 6 2011

The Copyright Act (Canada) extends copyright protection to "architectural works" (a subset of "artistic works") - does a filmmaker need permission to film the exterior of a building in a film or TV project?