Mark Kohras is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. A recent case just out of the Federal Court of Appeal has posed an interesting question regarding the use of trademarks in procurement orders by the government. The case, Enterasys Networks of Canada Ltd. v. Canada, revolves around numerous complaints made by Enterasys Networks, […]
Dan Whalen is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Online file-sharing company Xunlei Limited recently announced that it has indefinitely postponed its initial public offering and NASDAQ listing due to unfavourable market conditions. Although some would claim the setback as a small victory against a leading copyright pirate, inspection of the company’s continued […]
Break-Ups Are Never Easy: York University Declines to Renew Blanket Copy Licence With Access Copyright
Kalen Lumsden is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School York University, including Osgoode Hall Law School, has decided to opt-out of the interim copy tariff from Access Copyright, the copyright collective that manages permissions associated with photocopying and course kits. The current licence will end on August 31, 2011.
Matt Lonsdale is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. On July 27, 2011, the UK Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in Lucasfilm Limited v. Ainsworth. While Andrew Ainsworth is presumably happy with the court’s ruling that the Storm Trooper armour from the Star Wars franchise is utilitarian and does […]
Andrew Baker is an LLB/BCL candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law. The Quebec Court of Appeal has recently ruled on the notorious Robinson Sucroë cartoon plagiarism case. The decision has greatly reduced the remarkable damages awarded by the trial court in 2009, but upholds the finding of liability.
Nora Sleeth is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Justice Floyd of the United Kingdom High Court has provisionally ruled in TV Catchup (TVC) that live Internet streaming of television programs is subject to copyright law. The question has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for affirmation.
Amelia Manera is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. In Bartly v. Canada (Commissioner of Patents), 2011 FC 873, a recent decision of the Federal Court, Justice Hughes clarifies that a Final Action by the patent examiner indeed means a final action. In other words, a Final Action is where all application objections […]
Jeffrey O'Brien is a JD candidate at the University of Alberta. Louis Vuitton may not have expected much of a counterattack when it sought to prevent Danish artist Nadia Plesner’s use of the fashion mogul’s recognizable handbags in her pictures, but the civil court at The Hague has recently ruled in her favour.
Brent Randall is a JD candidate at the University of Ottawa. England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled on July 27, 2011 that headlines are capable “of being literary works independent of the article to which they relate” and that using article extracts without the author’s permission could constitute copyright infringement of the work.
Taylor Vanderhelm is a JD candidate at the University of Alberta. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced that it will be introducing changes regarding domain name disputes under the CIRA Domain Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP). These changes will help bring the CDRP in line with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), […]