Media & Entertainment

In a media-driven world, image has a price tag

Cocaine baron Pablo Escobar , boxing icon Muhammad Ali and film director Woody Allen seem like an incongruent group but there is a strong legal connection, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish. Read more

Winkler successful in landmark media libel case

A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling of criminal contempt resulted in a newspaper publisher being sentenced to 21 days in jail and levied with one of the highest damages awards for spreading a false statement about a Canadian senator, says Toronto litigator and mediator Howard Winkler . Read more

Journalist ability to challenge new inquiry ban unclear

A bill that would give commissions of inquiry in New Brunswick the ability to ban reporters and the public from hearings would result in closed-off proceedings that would be difficult for news agencies to challenge, Fredericton litigator Matthew Pearn tells CBC News. Read more

Canadians no longer allowed to apply to be on Jeopardy!

News that Canadian residents will no longer be able to apply to appear on Jeopardy! due to international privacy law concerns is likely just a way for the popular TV quiz show to avoid the burden of investigating and complying with Canadian law, Toronto business and entertainment lawyer Bill Northcote tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Canadian residents barred from Jeopardy! – CASL to blame?

America's favourite quiz show has put its popularity in Jeopardy! north of the border after running into problems with Canada's Anti-Spam Law, says Fredericton litigator Matthew Pearn. Read more

Stronger action needs to be taken against VPNs, proxy services

News that Netflix Inc. is promising to renew efforts to thwart subscribers who mask their locations in order to access content not available in their home country appears to be little more than lip service, says Toronto litigator Kevin Fisher . Read more

Lack of due diligence opens door for libel claim

A Canadian Sikh who was falsely identified by media outlets as a terrorist involved in the Paris attacks serves as a reminder that media must conduct the proper due diligence before publishing or risk civil liability in defamation, says Fredericton litigator Matthew Pearn. Read more

Fisher: Boombox showcases TIFF's year-round charitable focus

On Nov. 5, the fourth annual Boombox event will transform the TIFF Bell Lightbox into a multi-sensory adventure — highlighting the fact that TIFF represents much more than just the September film festival, says Toronto lawyer Kevin Fisher. Read more

Court clears way for trial in copyright suit over dancing baby video

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Monday cleared the way for a trial in a copyright lawsuit over a YouTube video showing a baby dancing to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy.'' Read more

Income protection for child performers key part of Bill 17

The recently passed Bill 17 is the first legislation in the province that expressly addresses child performers and protects a portion of their income, says Toronto entertainment lawyer Bill Northcote. Read more

Canadian broadcasters catching on to size of VPN problem

A Bell Media executive’s recent comments calling Canadians’ use of geoblocking devices to watch U.S. Netflix “stealing” are a sign that large broadcasters are finally acknowledging the extent of the problem, says Toronto lawyer Kevin Fisher. Read more

Online broadcasters shouldn't be given special status

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) "Let’s Talk TV" hearings wrapped up last week,... Read more