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‘Creative Canada’ – More Musings By Stephen Zolf Sep 29, 2017 Yesterday’s posts (here and here) outlined Netflix’s agreement with the government to invest a minimum of $500 million in original productions in Canada over the next five years. Under the agreement, Netflix “will also work to promote Canadian films and programs on its platform ...

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The Launch of ‘Creative Canada’: Some Brief Thoughts Following the Minister’s Speech By Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 Following our earlier post, Minister Joly delivered her ‘Creative Canada’ speech at a noon-hour speech today. The speech included several noteworthy statements: “We pay some of the highest [Internet access] rates in the world. Our government won’t increase the cost of...

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Canada’s Cultural Funding Regime Receives Overhaul By Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 The Canadian Minister of Heritage will officially launch 'Creative Canada' later today, which is the first major overhaul of Canada’s cultural funding regime in more than a quarter-century. A useful “10 key takeaway” points can be found here. The highest-profile measure (and sur...

Posted in: Media | Intellectual Property

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How the (Copyright Test) Was Won: Led Zeppelin Victorious in "Stairway to Heaven" Suit By Ron W. Clark Jul 27, 2016 Copyright cases have become increasingly high-profile within the music industry, recently reaching multimillion-dollar awards.On June 23rd, a jury ruled unanimously that the intro of "Stairway to Heaven" does not infringe the copyright of the 1960s psychedelic rock band Spirit's song "Taurus," fo...

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Let's Talk TV: CRTC Revises Policy Framework for Local and Community Television By Stephen Zolf Jun 29, 2016 The CRTC has issued a revised policy framework for local and community television, following a lengthy written proceeding and oral public hearing beginning in mid-2015, which The Spotlight covered here.The revised policy framework follows earlier rulings made in the Let's Talk TV proceeding with ...

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The Tragically Hip Fiasco: What Exactly is the Current Law on the Resale of Tickets in Ontario? (Hint: It's not at all what you'd expect, and it's probably not what the government intended either.) Jun 21, 2016 The stories dominated the headlines: "Tickets for Tragically Hip gone in a flash"; "Tragically Hip Tickets sell out again"; and "After Tragically Hip ticket fiasco, attorney general consults industry on ticketing practices."Although the use of ticket-scalping bots is old news, the inability of th...

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Social Media in the Workplace: Screening of Prospective Employees By Meghan A. Cowan May 10, 2016 Social media is revolutionizing the way we interact with others - both personally and professionally. With the proliferation of social media use - from LinkedIn to Facebook to Twitter - it has never been easier to gain information about others from the internet.In the context of the employment re...

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Sports Programming: PVR/DVR Proof! By Stephen Zolf Jan 07, 2016 It was with much fanfare in the Fall of 2013 that Rogers scooped the NHL's Canadian national broadcast rights from Bell Media, for the tidy sum of $5.2 billion over 12 years (starting in the 2014-15 NHL season). Following Rogers' marquee rights purchase, many had predicted that Rogers Sportsnet s...

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Has the CRTC Opened the Door to Consolidation Among Canadian Independent Producers? By Stephen Zolf Dec 18, 2015 In one of the CRTC's Let's Talk TV policy rulings, the CRTC determined to take a "big picture" view of the infrastructure of government support and private investment in the Canadian broadcasting sector. The CRTC noted that this infrastructure has generated significant funding opportunities for C...
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