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Copyright

In today’s increasingly information-based economy, copyright protection plays a core role in many industry sectors, including software, publishing, music, art, communications, and entertainment.

We help clients protect their valuable copyright assets. Our IP professionals provide counsel regarding strategies for leveraging and commercializing copyrighted works through licensing and other agreements.

Have a question for one of our copyright professionals? Check out our list below to see which members of our team can help you get started.

Our People

Mitchell Charness

Lawyer, Patent & Trademark Agent - Partner*

Ottawa

Meika Ellis

Lawyer - Associate

Ottawa

Marcus Gallie

Lawyer, Patent & Trademark Agent - Partner*

Ottawa

Elliott Gold

Lawyer, Patent & Trademark Agent - Partner

Toronto

Abbas Kassam

Lawyer - Associate

Toronto

Steven Leach

Lawyer, Patent & Trademark Agent - Partner*

Burlington

Ken Ma

Lawyer, Patent Agent - Associate

Ottawa

Daphne Maravei

Lawyer, Patent & Trademark Agent - Partner

Ottawa

Matthew Norwood

Lawyer, Patent Agent - Partner

Toronto

Paul Tackaberry

Lawyer, Trademark Agent - Counsel

Toronto

Recent IP & Firm News

Update on CUSMA/NAFTA and Bill C-4

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Bill C-4 was introduced to implement the Canada - United States – Mexico Agreement Implementation Act (CUSMA).

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future of copyright law

The Future of Copyright Law in Canada

As the world dives deeper into the digital age, copyright enforcement continues to be a challenge with the proliferation of online content hosting and sharing platforms creating a welcoming place for online copyright infringement.

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President Donald J. Trump is joined by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement promises to enhance IP protection in Canada

An agreement in principle was reached on September 30, 2018 between the U.S. and Canada to replace NAFTA with the “United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement”.

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Trademark and Copyright Owners Can Formally Ask Canada Border Services To Restrict Importation of Counterfeit Goods

The owner of a Canadian trademark registration can now file a Request for Assistance (RFA) application with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), as can the owner of a registered or unregistered copyright.

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Canada’s Supreme Court takes a holistic approach to assessing copyright infringement in cases of non-literal copying

In many cases of alleged copyright infringement, it is clear when infringement has occurred; a protected work has been copied verbatim, without the permission of the copyright owner.

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Proposed Bill Targets New Enforcement and Anti-Counterfeiting Initiatives

The Canadian Government introduced Bill C-56 on March 1, 2013. The Bill focuses on curtailing counterfeit activity and amends the Copyright Act and the Trademarks Act to add new civil and criminal remedies and new border measures in both Acts, in order to strengthen the enforcement of copyright and trademark rights.

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Federal Court of Appeal finds that online music previews are fair dealing

In a key decision in May 2010, the Federal Court of Appeal found that music previews used by consumers before deciding to buy a particular piece of music online constitutes fair dealing under the Copyright Act.

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Third time’s a charm? Canadian Copyright Act reform bill tabled on June 2, 2010 – by Mala Joshi and Paul Tackaberry

On June 2, 2010, Industry Minister Tony Clement and Heritage Minister James Moore introduced the Copyright Modernization Act (otherwise known as Bill C-32) for its first reading before the House of Commons.

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Facebook and Rights Holders

Facebook recently announced that as of 12:01 AM EDT on Saturday June 13, 2009, it will permit users to register personalized usernames as URLs.

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Canadian Government Proposes Amendments to Copyright Act

On June 12, 2008, Bill C-61 entitled An Act to Amend the Copyright Act (the “Bill”) received first reading in the Canadian Parliament.

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