The Past Can Come Back to Haunt You: The Danger of Backdated Copyright Assignments

My latest column for is a case comment on the dangers of backdated copyright assignments, and the questions those dealing with such assignments should ask when presented with such a document. These questions can be especially relevant when faced with a copyright dispute or purchasing intellectual property. The column can be found at

Supreme Court of Canada: Photocopies for Primary and Secondary School Instruction Constitutes Fair Dealing

This is the second in a series of five posts about the Supreme Court of Canada’s copyright decisions released on July 12, 2012. On Thursday, July 12, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its decision in Alberta (Education) v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), 2012 SCC 37. The decision is significant because … Continue reading

Supreme Court of Canada: Free Online Music Previews Do Not Infringe Copyright

This is the first in a series of posts about the Supreme Court of Canada’s copyright decisions released on July 12, 2012. On Thursday, July 12, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its decision in Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada et al. v. Bell Canada, et al., 2012 SCC … Continue reading

New Canadian Trade-marks Office Practice Notice Consultation Regarding Assignments and Transfers; Comments due January 20, 2011

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is requesting comments, due January 20, 2011, on a proposed new Practice Notice regarding the required documentation to record assignments, ownership transfers and licenses for copyrights, industrial designs, patents and trade-marks. The proposed Practice Notices sets out two mechanisms for requesting that a copyright, industrial design, patent or trade-mark’s … Continue reading

Canadian Copyright Reform Legislation Introduced

The Canadian government introduced a copyright reform bill yesterday. Previous attempts at reform over the past few years have stalled due in part to elections and some protests against reform.

Molson sues Labatt over mountain trade-mark

Molson Coors has sued Labatt, alleging that a mountain logo used in advertising for Labatt’s Kokanee product is confusingly similar to the Coors Light mountain logo.

Report: XM Canada Settles Royalty Lawsuit

XM Canada has settled a lawsuit brought by Canadian songwriters and publishers, alleging non-payment of royalty fees.

Canadian songwriters, publishers sue XM Radio Canada operator over unpaid royalties

The operator of XM Radio Canada has been sued for unpaid copyright royalties. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Century 21 sues Rogers and Zoocasa, alleging data scraping, copyright infringement

Century 21 Canada has sued Zoocasa, a residential real estate search website, and Rogers Communications, Zoocasa’s majority owner, for alleged data scraping. The allegations have not been proved in court.

Copyright Board to Decide Whether Gyms Should Pay an Additional Music Fee

The CBC reports that the Neighboring Rights Collective (NRC) has petitioned the Copyright Board of Canada for the right to charge gyms royalties for playing NRC members’ music. The NRC is a music licensing agency which represents musicians and music companies. The NRC is targeting the performance of recorded music in fitness classes. Gyms already … Continue reading