Heenan Blaikie, one of the largest law firms in Canada, launches their first blog on the LexBlog Network with Entertainment & Media Law Signal, which provides information and observations on the newest developments in entertainment and media law. Toronto lawyers Bob Tarantino and Paul Chodirker serve as primary editors of the blog.
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Diane Krausz has posted a valuable item: Whose Life is it Anyway? Clearance of Life Story Rights in Film. The article is particularly interesting for her concise provision of this heuristic, which I think nicely articulates what many entertainment lawyers reflexively do when analyzing...
Peter Nowak at the CBC recently had an interesting discussion with Kobo chief executive Michael Serbinis (Kobo is "a global eBook retailer" backed by, among others, Canada's own Indigo Books & Music) about e-books and their impact on the book publishing industry (E-books: A...
The US Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision in US v ASCAP (sometimes referred to as ASCAP v RealNetworks) (text of decision is available here) has generated a surprising amount of commentary - particularly from practitioners and academics outside of the...
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. The story appears to have been broken by US blogger Bob Cesca...
How do you put concepts such as telecommunications policy, spectrum caps and foreign investment restrictions in the same sentence with “supporting Canadian families”? The federal Government has cracked that nut with the March 14, 2012 announcement by the Minister of Industry to shake up...
Two items of note relating to the issue of international treaty co-productions which I believe indicate their re-emergence as a way of producing (especially in the current financial climate). First, Telefilm Canada recently announced some changes to its Canada Feature Film Fund ("CFFF")...
While advertiser’s traditionally spend a significant amount of money, effort and time to protect their brands from the potential negative implications of aligning with scandalous celebs, Charlie Sheen’s bad boy image and controversial behaviour seems to have been exactly what...
NOTE: What follows is an informative and well-written article by Stephen Zolf recently published by Heenan Blaikie's Nota Bene and discussing a very recent Supreme Court decision ruling that ISPs are not considered "broadcasters": On February 9, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada ...
Kudos to The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), which has released a proposed Exemption for Documentary Filmmakers to Circumvent Technical Protection Mechanisms in Bill C-11. I commend their efforts to do something which is not as common as it could be in Canadian copyright debates:...
On Feb. 23rd, Stephen Colbert included an integrated sponsorship on The Colbert Report. Colbert refers to these product integrations as brand-funded requests from the network and this most recent “Sponsortunity” was brought to you by Nabisco’s “Wheat Thins” crackers....