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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"?


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


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


Damage awards in internet defamation cases
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • November 28 2010

Matthew Nied has written a very interesting and well-researched article (published by the Alberta Law Review Supplement) (hat tip: slaw) calling for a reassessment of how Canadian courts treat damage awards for online defamation:"Damage Awards in Internet Defamation Cases: Reassessing Assumptions About the Credibility of Online Speech"


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


Exempting storage media from Canada's private copying levies
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • July 4 2012

The Canadian government has announced that it will be implementing regulations under the Copyright Act (Canada) which have the effect of "exempting microSD memory cards from copyright levies"


Parody defence not far far away
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • May 22 2012

The good folks at the Lawyers Weekly have published a short commentary of mine on the imminent introduction into Canadian copyright law of a parody and satire defence: Parody defence not far far away


Reclaiming old masters ("old masters" as in records, not paintings)
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • September 7 2011

A number of news outlets have recently reported on the flood of litigation which is expected to arise in the United States as a result of recording artists seeking to terminate and reclaim ownership of their sound recordings issued in 1978 and in subsequent years


Leuthold v CBC: damages for copyright infringement
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • October 4 2012

The facts in the recent Federal Court decision of Leuthold v CBC (2012 FC 748) are relatively straight-forward, if somewhat peculiar