Bob Tarantino

Bob Tarantino

Heenan Blaikie LLP

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Faulkner v Sony – A Dying Past, Or A Glass Half Full

Almost a year ago, we noted (You’re Getting Sued for What? An E&O Odyssey (Pt 9)) that the owners of the late author William Faulkner’s intellectual property rights had sued Sony Pictures Classics for copyright infringement...more

10/23/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Fair Use Infringement

Wiping The Slate Clean: When Fake Movie Products Have Real-World Counterparts

Often when practicing entertainment law, particularly in Canada, attempts to analyze a particular situation run up against a road-block: there seems to be no caselaw covering the issue, and you’re stymied as to how to advise...more

9/24/2013 - Canada Entertainment Industry Infringement Likelihood of Confusion Movies

Who’s Got The Look? Pelchat c Zone 3 Inc. et al.

For reasons which elude me, the Quebec courts get all the interesting entertainment law disputes in Canada (see also: Robinson v Films Cinar Inc., for which we anxiously await the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision)....more

6/5/2013 - Canada Copyright Expert Witness Infringement Television Shows

You're Getting Sued For What? An E&O Odyssey (Pt 10)

This post is part of an occasional series highlighting the type of risks which film and TV producers face and which are supposed to be covered by E&O insurance. The series aims to demonstrate that what might seem to a...more

3/7/2013 - Copyright E&O Insurance Infringement Mad Men Producers Revlon Right of Publicity Trademarks

Not My Anne - Possible Perils Of Book Cover Designs

Last week we got to enjoy watching a bit of a kerfuffle develop after Canadian news outlets trumpeted the availability on Amazon.com of a print-on-demand edition of the first three "Anne of Green Gables" books which featured...more

2/13/2013 - Books Breach of Contract Copyright Infringement Moral Rights Right of Integrity The Copyright Act

Canadian Copyright: Moral Rights And Criminal Charges

In the autumn of 2012, Vladimir Umanets was charged and convicted of defacing a Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern gallery in London, England. As described in this CBC story, and this International Business Times story,...more

1/9/2013 - Copyright Copyright Modernization Act Infringement Moral Rights Paintings Sculptures and Engravings

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