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Copyright in transition: Supreme Court of Canada rules on five copyright appeals
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Canada
  • July 13 2012

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada issued much anticipated rulings on a series of cases concerning copyright royalties for downloading and streaming of various kinds of musical works over the Internet, classroom copying of literary and artistic works, and recorded music in soundtracks that accompany movies and TV shows

Providing hyperlinks to defamatory material does not in itself constitute publication of that material
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Canada
  • October 21 2011

On October 19th, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Crookes v. Newton, unanimously upholding the British Columbia Court of Appeal decision that merely providing a hyperlink that connects to allegedly defamatory material will not itself be considered a publication of that material

Are online music previews "research?" - the Federal Court of Appeal says "yes"
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Canada
  • July 29 2010

In a recent decision, SOCAN v. Bell Canada et al., the Federal Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the Copyright Board of Canada in which it was held that 30-second previews offered by online music services like iTunes and Puretracks do not require the payment of royalties for the use of copyright in the underlying musical works