Articles about Intellectual Property Law

In the News – Online Obscenity

Toronto Internet Lawyer discussed the legality of posting the Luka Magnotta video on the Best Gore website with the national and international media. Mr. Zvulony took the position that the posting of the video violated Canada's obscenity laws.

Superman, Copyright and Jeffrey Baldwin

Toronto Copyright Lawyer, Gil Zvulony, recently spoke to Pat Bolland of Sun News about DC Entertainment's refusal to allow the Superman logo to be displayed on a memorial statute of Jeffrey Baldwin. Gil was critical of the decision to refuse and questioned the legal validity of preventing such usage.
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Bit Torrent File Sharing and Canadian Copyright Law

Toronto Copyright Lawyer, Gil Zvulony recently spoke to Dan Misener of CBC Radio (listen to the podcast) on the legality of the movie streaming application, "Popcorn Time".  Popcorn Time has been dubbed the "Netflix for Pirates" because…
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Legal Rights in a Photograph

Toronto internet lawyer Gil Zvulony examines the various rights in a photograph, including, copyrights, moral rights, publicity rights and privacy rights. He discusses the rights of photographers, models, by-standers, celebrities, and of ordinary people.
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Copyright and Music Samples

By Shaya Silber A common question in copyright law is how much reproduction or use of a work is considered copyright infringement? In the case of music, The Supreme Court of Canada  (SCC) recently shed some light on this question in SOCAN…

Supreme Court Expands Fair Dealing

by Shaya Silber Fair dealing has always been a hot topic in copyright law. The line of what is permissible and what is not permissible is unclear in many circumstances, making this an area of law that is constantly debated. One of the more…
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Copyright Registration and Other Proofs of Ownership

By Shaya Silber, Copyright law protects the expression of ideas. The expression of the idea must be in a fixed form (i.e. it must have some permanency). For example, let’s say I have an idea to a story. I then tell my idea to a friend of…

Domain Name Disputes: .CA and CIRA

Disputes over coveted domain names are on the rise. When an amicable settlement cannot be reached, a complainant has two options.
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ISPs and Notices of Copyright Infringement

by Shaya Silber [please note that this article contains references to Bill C-11.  Bill C-11 is now a law that is full force and effect] The role of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in facilitating copyright infringement has been a controversial…
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Industrial Designs in a Nutshell

by Shaya Silber New products are created every day. Some products have distinct design features that may have legal protection from others copying the design.  This type of intellectual property  is called “industrial design”. Industrial…

Facebook: Who Owns What?

Toronto Copyright Lawyers examine Facebook's legal contracts with their users and its implications on Facebook's use of user content.