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Copyright No Plaything: Celebrity Tattoos in Video Games

  • March 03, 2020
  • Tara Parker

Since copyright laws generally grant the owners of artistic works the sole right to control the use and reproduction of their works in all media (subject to some limited exceptions), any unauthorized use or reproduction of a celebrity’s tattoo in an e-sports game (e.g., NBA 2K20), movie (e.g., The Hangover), or other media may result in a copyright infringement claim — not to mention a trademark, publicity or personality rights claim, depending on the circumstances.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum

Federal Court Issues Landmark Website-blocking Injunction With Significant Implications for ISPs

  • December 02, 2019
  • Vincent de Grandpré, Christopher Naudie and Sydney Young, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

In the first order of its kind in Canada, the Federal Court has issued an injunction directing named internet service providers (ISPs) to prevent users from accessing certain websites operated by anonymous defendants that are alleged to infringe Canadian copyrights over a wide range of audiovisual works and broadcasts.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum

Streaming Wars: The Legal Impact of a Rapidly Changing Television Industry

  • November 21, 2019
  • Layth Gafoor, Managing Partner, Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law

Sports and entertainment lawyer Layth Gafoor discusses the proliferation of content-streaming services giving Netflix a potential run for its money, plus how this new digital landscape is radically changing the dealmaking process with execs and lawyers scrambling to adapt.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum

“Help Me Help You” - The Non-Linear Path to Entertainment Law

  • November 21, 2019
  • Pooja Sihra

In case you missed it, the Ontario Bar Association’s Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section recently hosted a mentoring event called “Help Me Help You” for new and aspiring lawyers. Pooja Sihra offers three key takeaways.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum

Errors and Omissions Insurance for Film and Media Productions: Review of CPD Session

  • May 21, 2019
  • Lisa Macklem

Review of CPD session “Errors and Omissions Insurance for Film and Media Productions” featuring speaker Brian Wynn (partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP) and co-hosted by Katarina Germani (legal counsel, CBC/Radio-Canada) and Ryan Keller (associate, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP).

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum

Google Inc.’s Fight Against a Worldwide Injunction on Search Results Continues

  • April 20, 2018
  • Sabrina Salituro and Paul Lomic are lawyers at Lomic Law

The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc upheld an interlocutory injunction against Google, a non-party, to globally de-index the websites of the defendant that is infringing the plaintiff's intellectual property. Although Google obtained a judgment from a US court declaring that the decision was not enforceable in the US, it was unsuccessful in having the original injunction overturned in Canada on the basis of the US judgment.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law, Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

Production Orders and the Media

  • April 14, 2016
  • Andrew W. MacDonald

When the police obtain production orders to seize journalists' raw materials are they going too far? Vice Media thinks so and is challenging a production order to seize its journalist's communications.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Mentoring Event A Success

  • April 14, 2016
  • Layth Gafoor and Blessing Gana

Layth Gafoor and Blessing Gana share their experiences on the importance of networking as mentor and mentee in entertainment law.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Mandated Reseller Access to Ultra-High Speed Internet: a primer on Bell’s petition

  • April 14, 2016
  • Daniel Stern

Who wants faster Internet access? Probably everybody, and almost certainly anybody who streams television shows, videoconferences, or uses other bandwidth intensive applications. The questions that telecommunications companies, the CRTC, and Cabinet are grappling with are how to deliver it, who should deliver it, and who should pay for it.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law