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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

European Court of Justice Widens Digital Library Rights

  • March 03, 2015
  • Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

In September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled to allow libraries to digitize and distribute books to reading terminals without a digitization licence.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Bernstein v. Poon and the Pyrrhic Perils of Exaggerated Injuries in Defamation Actions

  • February 25, 2015
  • Mark Donald

When a judge explicitly finds that your libel case is “more about “ego” and “turf warfare” than about reputation …..then you know you’ve got a hard road to hoe. In that spirit, the Superior Court of Ontario's recent decision in Bernstein v. Poon (2015 ONSC 155) is a lesson to all plaintiff-side counsel on the evidence required to bring a successful defamation claim.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Programming Recap: Entertainment Today

  • October 31, 2014
  • Kimberly Grange

A recap of the most recent EMC program, Recent Developments in Copyright, Digital Music Delivery and Endorsement Deals.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Roadkill or Sacred Cow?: Defining 'Reputation' in 21st Century Defamation Law

  • April 29, 2014
  • Mark A.B. Donald

It's bound to be an exciting summer not only for the Liberal Party of Canada, but also for defamation law: in the space of two weeks, the Grits initiated not one, but two high-profile defamation actions. Putting aside politics, each action offers to Ontario courts an opportunity to engage with the concept of “reputation” in modern Canadian society. In this article, Mark A.B. Donald discusses how these two actions might further define how "reputation" impacts the law of defamation.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

The Holiday Social: A Welcome Escape from the Clutches of Academia

  • February 11, 2014
  • Piera Savage

Piera Savage, 2L Osgoode law student and aspiring entertainment lawyer, shares how our Holiday Social provided her with career insights, a respite from a tough exam study schedule, and a great night out.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Reclaiming a Glam Rock Legacy

  • January 24, 2014
  • William Genereux

Marc Bolan, front-man of 70’s English glam-rock group “T-Rex”, earned millions of dollars from his music. Where it all went however, has been the subject of debate. In this JUST. Magazine exclusive, Toronto lawyer William Genereux tells the story of how Rolan, Bolan's son, is uncovering the truth.

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law

Navigating Sports & Media Licensing on the Road to Sochi

  • November 01, 2013
  • Sara Perry

The latest in our Breakfast Sizzler series, Jacques Gaboury, the Associate General Counsel and Executive Director, Business Law Group, Legal Services, CBC, discusses the challenges and successes inherent in the licensing of major sports properties - all over a delicious breakfast and before 9:00 am!

Entertainment, Media and Communications Law