Land surveys: who owns the copyright?

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July 27, 2018
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Does copyright for land surveys belong to the Crown or the surveyor? Our latest Real Estate blog post explores a recent case that looked at surveys registered with the land registry system.

Copyright for Animal Selfies – Monkey Business?

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May 4, 2018
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Can a monkey sue for copyright infringement? Our latest Intellectual Property blog post looks at the “monkey selfie” copyright dispute and the relevant law in Canada.

Celebrities Dip Their Toes (Paws?) Into The World of IP Protection

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February 5, 2018
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The job description of being a successful performing artist has certainly expanded in recent years, and it has become quite common for celebrities to seek registration for the intellectual property rights surrounding the burgeoning business of being a star.

Swift’s legal team battles accusations of plagiarism

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January 9, 2018
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Why should musicians know about copyright and trademark law when it comes to their brand? In our latest IP@Nelligan blog post, Adam Tracey looks at a recent Taylor Swift copyright infringement suit over the lyrics to one of her hits, and explores Swift’s own trademarking efforts.

Toronto Neighbourhood Heats Up Over Copyright Battle

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October 13, 2017
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Copyright can apply to a wide variety of creative works. This includes sculpture, paintings and architectural work. An architect generally maintains the copyright in architectural designs unless those designs were developed for a client under the explicit understanding that the client owns the architect’s work product. But what happens when a newly built house appears to bear the exact same design as another house in the same neighbourhood?

The Happy Birthday Song: All Together Now!

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September 14, 2017
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As we have previously discussed in this space, many of us have been unaware that the song we sing at numerous family gatherings and office parties has been subject to various copyright claims by an entertainment industry heavyweight, preventing any and all commercial use of that song. Have you ever noticed that “Happy Birthday” is never presented in full on a TV show or movie?

Kardashian Sued For Posting Picture Of … Herself?

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April 27, 2017
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Can something I have created be copyrighted so that not even I can reproduce it? How much control do I have over my licenced and copyrighted material? The worlds of celebrity and IP rights collided in a similar manner this week as television personality Khloe Kardashian was reportedly sued in California Court for posting an image to her Instagram account that had been previously licensed to the UK’s The Daily Mail tabloid.