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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


Copyright commentary: the uproar over UBB means the copyright wars will linger
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 28 2011

An arcane CRTC decision in February on “usage-based billing” among Internet service providers prompted an explosion of public anger. When the federal government voiced almost immediate concessions to the rage, at least one conclusion became inescapable: the copyright wars are not going to end any time soon


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


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


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


Wiping the slate clean: when fake movie products have real-world counterparts
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • September 24 2013

Often when practicing entertainment law, particularly in Canada, attempts to analyze a particular situation run up against a road-block: there seems


Licenses for public performance of music at "live events" in Canada
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 22 2013

SOCAN (the Canadian public performance rights collective) recently announced that in 2012 they paid over $20 million in royalties from "concerts and


Berklee guide to music and careers in dollars and cents
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • November 27 2012

Berklee College of Music has published the 2012 edition of its Music Salary Guide (formally titled Music Careers in Dollars and Cents