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Civility in the Court Room: Digging in to the Groia decisions

Civility in the legal profession. Some think of it as a nod to archaic forms that uphold classist underpinnings of the profession. Some think of it as the best thing about Canadian lawyers, their respect for one another and the court. Some think of it as a state body limiting the lawyer's free expression and ability to advocate for clients. Whatever your opinion is, civility is an immoveable tenet of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and it continually raises debate. What is it? What is its role? What kind of conduct reaches the level of incivility?

Your rights as a teacher facing professional misconduct charges

You may be looking back and wondering where your summer went. Whether you took a class, attended a workshop, or just spent the summer resting and preparing, the new school year came too soon. Your job as a teacher is a challenge, to say the least. Dealing with ever-increasing standards can place a lot of stress on you and your colleagues, not to mention the pressure you often feel from the parents of your students.

Why companies, not people, own the copyright to films

You are a novice screenwriter. A production company options your first script to produce the film. After the production company produces the film, will you own any portion of the copyright in the film, or will the production company own the copyright in the film in its entirety?

What to do if you believe you were wrongfully fired

Your drive to work is pleasant and uneventful, and you are actually looking forward to a productive day at work. But you're no sooner in the door when your manager calls you into the office and asks you to sit down. He tells you very bluntly and without warning that you no longer have a job.

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.

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