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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


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 first cut is the deepest - the right of directors to "cut" their films
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • February 13 2012

What does it mean to call something a "director's cut"?


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


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


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


"No animals were harmed": using live animals in Canadian film and TV productions
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 29 2012

The HBO television series Luck was recently cancelled after three horses died during production


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


Potted Potter and the possibility of parody
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • February 15 2012

The news that the stage play Potted Potter has come to Toronto should be something which causes the ears of copyright lawyers (and others interested in copyright law) to perk up


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