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Fair dealing or infringement of "the worst film ever made"? The Room, Room Full of Spoons and The Disaster Artist in the court

"How does it feel to pour your heart and soul into a film, only for it to be ridiculed as history's most atrocious crime against cinema?" Imagine it: Tommy Wiseau, maker of The Room and actor in it, said, more or less, that he understood, the film is famous for being so bad.1

Recent copyright ruling a coup for entertainment producers

A copyright ruling that likely has entertainment industry producers doing a happy dance is probably having the opposite effect on Internet subscribers who have a penchant for downloading pirated material. Holders of copyrighted material like film studios have been using court orders to get the names from Internet service providers of those who download pirated material such as movies. Providers have been charging copyright holders to track down the constantly changing IP addresses of those suspected of such copyright infringement.

The art of contract drafting stems from writing with specificity

"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action..." -Shakespeare. In this, Hamlet's speech to the players applies to contract-drafting, too. That is why #artificialintelligence can never replace a clear-minded lawyer with the art and practice of using the words that mean what you need them to mean. #listen #languagematters
http://www.adamsdrafting.com/contract-drafting-legal-robot-and-ai/  

Copyright Reform: Piracy punished by the Federal Court

Big moves from the Federal Court in copyright law! For the first time, in Nintendo of America Inc. v King et al., 2017 FC 246, the Federal Court imposed $11,760,000 in statutory damages for violation of the Copyright Act, ss 27(2) and 41.1(1), plus $1,000,000 in punitive damages. 

Fair Dealing Exception and Due Diligence

In a case from the Small Claims Division of the Court of QC, it turns out that the fair dealing exception does not always cover usage of intellectual property in news reporting - at least, not in all circumstances. In Saad c Le Journal de Montréal, 2017 QCCQ 122, the Journal de Montréal was found not to have exercised due diligence and to have infringed a photographer's rights for use of 2 photographs without permission or crediting.

European Court Of Justice Widens Digital Library Rights

In September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") ruled to allow libraries to digitize and distribute books to reading terminals without a digitization licence. [1] Because of the manner of distribution, one wonders how the case will interact with the CBC v SODRAC appeal with regard to technological neutrality in Canada.

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