At common law, anyone was able to use and copy anything that someone else created. Copyright, in Canada, is an artificial right created by the Canadian Parliament. Copyright laws restrict how you may use original works created by others for a period of time. The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed common law user rights,… Continue reading User Rights vs. Copyright
Pyrrha Design Inc. v. Plum and Posey Inc. Court (s) Database Federal Court Decisions Date 2019-01-30 Neutral citation 2019 FC 129 File numbers T-2022-13 Pyrrah sells a variety of pendants on its website and through retailers. Pyrrah alleged that Adrinna Hardy and her company Plum and Posey Inc. infringed on this 3 Graces locket and… Continue reading Pyrrha Design Inc. v. Plum and Posey Inc., 2019 FC 129
Most copyright infringement cases are filed in the Federal Court of Canada. Some are also filed in provincial Superior Courts and Small Claims Courts. The SOCAN cases are mostly against bars and restaurants that fail to buy a SOCAN license for public performance. Most of these cases settle or result in default judgments for a lot… Continue reading Copyright Infringement Cases 2019
Yes, the Federal Court of Canada chose to exercise its jurisdiction to block two websites: goldTV.biz and goldTV.ca, because they were serving copyrighted content without a license. Court Cases Ordering that ISPs Block Websites Federal Court of Canada Ordered Website Blocking Bell Media Inc. v. GoldTV.Biz, 2019 FC 1432 (Justice Gleeson) The Plaintiffs bring this motion… Continue reading Can a court block a website for copyright infringement?
Blurred Lines Infringed Marvin Gaye’s iconic Got To Give It Up Song, according to the 9th Circuit ruling in California made on March 21, 2018. US Copyright law seems to always be changing. The 9th Circuit says that Blurred Lines Infringed the Copyright to Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Got To Give It Up.” A dissenting judge… Continue reading Blurred Lines Infringed Marvin Gaye’s iconic Got To Give It Up Song
A license to a software may be used as a defense to copyright infringement. US District Court dismisses copyright infringement complaint against GAIN Capital Gain Capital asserted that by entering into a license, Tibco waived its right to sue for copyright infringement and may only sue for breach of contract. Gain Capital argued that subsequent… Continue reading Defense to copyright infringement: License
Playing YouTube music on the radio or at an event may constitute copyright infringement unless the DJ has a SOCAN license and the music is registered with SOCAN. In the Ontario Superior Court copyright infringement case of John v. Richards, 2017 ONSC 6307, Justice Trimble analyzed the relevant Canadian copyright law. On a motion for summary… Continue reading Playing YouTube Music