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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 "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


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


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


Rush and Rush: using music in political activities (Redux)
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • March 15 2012

News reports that Rush (the band) have demanded that Rush (the Limbaugh) desist from using the band's music in his radio broadcasts have re-raised an issue we have considered here at the Signal on few different occasions


Creating contracts by email - "written" doesn't always mean "in writing"
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • November 14 2011

Two recent court decisions (one Canadian, one American) serve as useful reminders that binding contracts and assignments of rights can be created via exchanges of emails almost as easily as they can be created by "written" documents


Canadian copyright: moral rights and criminal charges
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • January 8 2013

In the autumn of 2012, Vladimir Umanets was charged and convicted of defacing a Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern gallery in London, England. As


2012 top Canadian entertainment, media and communications law stories
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • December 27 2012

In keeping with tradition, and gambling that there won't actually be any significant entertainmentmedia law occurrences between now and January 1, 2013


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


Canadian copyright and campaigns - moral rights edition
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • January 28 2012

Canadian entertainment lawyers are forced to look on in wonderment (and envy?) at the plethora of entertainment law-related legal disputes which arise in the United States