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The Spotlight features legal and industry commentary on the latest happenings in the media, sports, communications, intellectual property and data security/privacy industries.

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The Press Freedom Paradox in R. v. Vice Media: the Supreme Court of Canada’s Review of Press Freedoms Versus the Investigative Powers of Police By Paige Backman and Brandon Carter Dec 13, 2018 On November 30, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc., a case many describe as pitting press freedoms against the investigative powers of police.

Posted in: Intellectual Property

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The Imminent Arrival of File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada By Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Dec 05, 2018 For the best part of 18 years, since the judgment of Justice Ian Binnie in Free World Trust, 2000 SCC 66, it has been well-settled law that there is no file wrapper estoppel in Canada. That’s all about to change following Bill C-86, which was introduced on October 29, 2018.

Posted in: Intellectual Property

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What Do You Mean I Don’t Own My Own Logo? A parable for many business owners on how to make sure you actually own the logo you have used for years By Ken Clark and Sarah Newman Nov 19, 2018 The plaintiff in the recent Federal Court case, Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc., thought that it owned the copyright in the logo it had franchised for years. It thought wrong. While the case appears to be infighting in a franchise system, the copyright aspects of the case are interesting...

Posted in: European Union | Copyright | Intellectual Property

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Will the EU Copyright Directive Break the Internet? By Ken Clark and Monica Carinci Nov 12, 2018 On September 12, 2018, the European Union passed a proposed directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. Once the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union agree on a final form of the directive, member states will be required to amend their own la...