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Comparison of U.S. and Canadian Copyright Law

Carolyn Wright, an intellectual property lawyer based in the U.S. who specializes in representing photographers, put together this handy chart comparing U.S. and Canadian copyright law, with input from yours truly on Canadian law.  Here is a link to Carolyn’s blog post on...
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Presentation for Wedding Photographers and Videographers at Frame to Finish Expo

Attached is a copy of the presentation that I gave at the Frame to Finish Expo in Toronto on November 4, 2013.  My presentation addressed contract and copyright issues for wedding photographers and videographers.  Special thanks to everyone at Canon Canada and especially Graham...
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The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Upholds Automated Database Copyright Registrations Commonly Used by Stock Image Agencies

In an important turnaround from a string of lower court cases finding that the collective copyright registration method used by many stock image agencies failed to register the individual works included in the registration, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held...
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Photographer Sues Fox Sports and Chicago Tribune for Unauthorized Use of “Super Bowl Shuffle” Image

The photographer who created an iconic image of the Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl team for their Super Bowl Shuffle rap video, Don Levey, has sued Fox Sports and the Chicago Tribune for copyright infringement.  The image in question can be found on Mr. Levey’s website (here is a...
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Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams in Trademark Dispute: Who Will Get Lucky?

Two major hitmakers are set to battle it out in the courts in a trademark dispute.  Pharrell Williams, currently topping the charts with Daft Punk in Get Lucky, has decided to “get it started” by filing a preemptive lawsuit against Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas in their...
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