Moral Rights

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Take it Personally - Courts Provide Insight into the Value and Implications of Moral Rights

Since moral rights were introduced by amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) in 2000, there have been only a handful of decisions which have considered their application. However, two recent decisions highlight that it is...more

The Bluenose Copyright Fight

When it comes to Canadian IP battles, neither The Great Olympic Sweater Debate nor the Distinctly Canadian Patent Fight can rival the court battle over the design of the Bluenose for sheer Canadianess....more

Taking The Moral High Ground

Photos of Kate Moss snorting cocaine, videos of John Galliano hurling anti-Semitic slurs, throngs of women reporting extra-marital affairs with Tiger Woods… and then there was Lance Armstrong, our cancer fighting champion...more

Can Morality be Enforced?

A “morality clause” in a divorce or custody order, also known in some states as a “paramour provision,” states that a parent who has children present in their home shall not allow someone with whom they are romantically...more

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

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

Moral Rights Extended - But How Far?

Of the many provisions of the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) which came into force on November 7, 2012, few have received as little attention as new sections 17.1 and 17.2 of the Copyright Act, which extend "moral...more

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