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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


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"?


"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


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"?


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


Warman v Fournier: infringement assessed
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • July 3 2012

The recent Federal Court of Canada decsion in Warman v Fournier (2012 FC 803 - for reasons which elude me, the decision is not yet available on the Federal Court's website, but Howard Knopf has generously uploaded a copy) has occasioned a host of thoughtful observations (see Knopf, Trosow, Geist), which I can only summarize and add a few hopefully trenchant elements of my own analysis


Faceplant: the possibility of legal claims arising from "The Social Network"
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • October 5 2010

A reaction which seems to consistently accompany viewings of the hit movie The Social Network goes something like this: "Er, can't they get sued for that?"


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


Jones v Corbis - walking down a red carpet and implied consent to uses of images
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 3 2011

When a celebrity (or anyone else) walks down a red carpet, what are they consenting to in terms of the use of their image?


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