For Ontario businesses and non-profits, it is critical to understand best-practices when creating and managing their trademarks and copyrights. The following non-exhaustive list provides an overview of five of the most common issues relating to organizations’ use and management of their intellectual property.
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Canadas’ new anti-spam law (CASL) establishes a robust regulatory environment applicable to all manner of commercial, electronic communication. Tinder, the popular global dating app, is rife with spambots which threaten to bring the service under CASL’s purview. And while Tinder has implemented its own anti-spam technology, is it doing enough to remain compliant under CASL? Or, is perhaps CASL too lenient on Tinder?
Starting a business in any creative field – whether as a creator, producer or one of the many ancillary supporting roles, e.g. lawyer, accountant, music engineer – must be a full-time, revenue-focused endeavour. Like any new business venture, there is little chance of success unless you and your team are prepared financially, mentally and emotionally for the road ahead. Business advisory and legal services are crucial in setting off on the right foot.
If your intellectual property is being infringed, do not delay in seeking a remedy. If you delay for too long, you may find yourself statutorily barred from proceeding with a claim. And remember: going to court is not an IP management strategy. That’s your last resort.
Sony Music just pulled down of its most popular recordings from SoundCloud – recordings from Hozier, Adele, MS MR (love them) and Passion Pit – due to a breakdown in licensing negotiations. The reason? Generally, a lack of monetization opportunities on the service. This breakdown in negotiations reveals an intriguing tension between the idea that SoundCloud is a “creator-driven” service but has now become a major global streaming service and distribution platform.
Grooveshark is dead in the water. This week, the music streaming service shut down in an attempt to settle a near $17 billion lawsuit (since reduced to a reported $736 million in damages) with a coalition of the major music labels. Here is how we got to this point.
On Tuesday, the Conservative Government of Canada revealed in its 500-page budget that it intends to update the Copyright Act in order to extend the term of copyright protection for sound recordings and performer’s performances from 50 to 70 years.
Netflix is one of the few global media companies with the ability to solve digital music through strategic bundling of product, services and content. The battle for our music streaming lives can be waged by Google, Apple, and Spotify. However, Netflix represents the dark horse in this race, and could only mount a reasonable prospect if bundled film and music in the right way. Oh, and before a competitor like Amazon gets to it first. Well,…