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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


Question and answer: do I need permission to use a photograph of public domain art?
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 23 2011

Let's imagine someone wants to use a photograph of a very old painting in their movie or television show (or, what the heck, in a book) - under Canadian law, do they need permission from the photographer or other owner of the photograph?


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


Online celebrity endorsements in Canada, the US and the UK
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada, United Kingdom
  • January 12 2011

In the UK, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be monitoring celebrity tweets for undisclosed paid endorsements


Question and answer: do I need permission to film the outside of a building?
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • June 6 2011

The Copyright Act (Canada) extends copyright protection to "architectural works" (a subset of "artistic works") - does a filmmaker need permission to film the exterior of a building in a film or TV project?


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


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


Court provides SLAPP relief - but not enough
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • November 8 2012

In 2010, Ontario's Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel released released its Report to the Attorney-General


Licensing and sale of copyright and the (un)willingness to pay
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Canada
  • September 13 2010

The New York Times had an excellent article last week ("The Music-Copyright Enforcers" by John Bowe) (hat tip: Miri Frankel at The 1709 Blog) which explores the task and challenges facing performing rights organizations (the entities, such as SOCAN (in Canada), ASCAP and BMI (in the US)) which license the public performance of musical compositions