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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"?


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


Rogers et al v Socan: w(h)ither the "making available" right?
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • November 16 2012

Among the unanswered questions arising in the wake of the massive changes to the Canadian copyright landscape in 2012 is the issue of precisely how the two seismic forces at work (i.e., The Copyright Modernization Act and the Supreme Court's "Copyright Pentalogy" cases) would interface with each other


ASCAP, SOCAN, public performances and telecommunications
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • 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


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?


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


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?


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