Copyright Infringement

H&M Is Suing Forever 21 For Copying This Tote Bag

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Style

Beach, please.

The Copyright Issue of Using Music in Election Campaigns

J. Aidan O'Neill | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
J. Aidan O'Neill

There is a distinction between two kinds of rights held by copyright owners: economic rights and moral rights. Any Canadian politicians seeking to use a musical work at a public event should be aware of the legal issues that may arise when a work is directly linked with a political party or message.

B.C. Mom Outraged Daughter's Photo Used For Prenatal Testing Ad

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"When I saw with my own eyes... her sweet face on that ugly banner, it broke my heart."

What to Consider if You Receive a Copyright Infringement Notice

Michael Geist | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

I've received daily emails from people who have been sent a copyright infringement notification as part of Canada's notice-and-notice system. While I'm unable to provide specific legal advice, I can provide more information that may assist in making an informed decision about a system that was designed to discourage infringement.

Winnipeg Man Slapped With $550K Fine For Music Piracy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Business

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Recording Industry Association says the conviction of a Manitoba man for music and video piracy is a huge step in the fight ag...

Was Wikileaks the Root of Aaron Swartz's Problems?

Justin Beach | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Business
Justin Beach

According to Mashable, Aaron Swartz may have been a source for Wikileaks. If looked at in light of the U.S. vendetta against Wikileaks, their extreme overreaction to Swartz's "copyright violations" involving academic journals suddenly makes sense. The Government's response to Wikileaks has been nothing less than rabid.

Copyright Lobby Demands Rollback of Recent Canadian Reforms in Secretive Trade Deal

Michael Geist | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

More than ten years of contentious debate over Canadian copyright law appeared to come to a conclusion in late June when Bill C-11 passed its final legislative hurdle and received royal assent. Yet despite characterizing the bill as a "vital building block," the copyright lobby that pressured the government to impose restrictive rules on digital locks and tougher penalties for copyright infringement is already demanding further reforms that include rolling back many key aspects of the original bill.

Are the Canadian Digital Lock Rules Unconstitutional?

Michael Geist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The House of Commons may have passed Bill C-11, but the constitutional concerns with the copyright bill and its digital lock rules will likely linger for years. Many experts believe that the government's decision to adopt one of the most restrictive digital lock approaches in the world. And guess what? It's vulnerable to constitutional challenge.

Canada Post Claims Ownership of All Postal Codes

Michael Geist | Posted 06.13.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowdsourced Postal Code Database Canada Post has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Geolytica, ...

Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network Calls for Graduated Response

Michael Geist | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

While everyone is opposed to counterfeiting, the CACN is pushing for a massive public investment into private enforcement matters at the very time when the evidence suggests Canada already has strong legal rules against counterfeiting and a clear commitment from law enforcement to take appropriate action.

How Copyright Bill Will Affect You

CBC | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada Politics

Canada has been trying to reform its copyright legislation, which was last updated in 1997, for several years now. There have been four a...

EU Pushes Canada To 'Dramatic' Copyright Changes

Michael Geist | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada Business

The EU is demanding dramatic changes to Canadian intellectual property law including significant reforms to copyright, patent, and geographical indica...