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Media and Entertainment Law

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Andrea Rush a "notable practitioner" in Intellectual Property, Chambers Canada

Blaney McMurtry’s Media & Entertainment Law Group has helped its clients understand, appreciate and manage the complexities of developing, exploiting and protecting their creative works and the related intellectual property rights. We have assisted clients, be they artists or industry, through the various stages of development and commercialization of artistic, choreographic, cinematographic, dramatic, literary or musical works. Our group also has the benefit of drawing upon the expertise of our firm’s other specialty groups in areas such as immigration, tax, financing, labour and employment, construction law, litigation and securities law.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Representation of users of literary and musical works before the Copyright Board, Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada concerning  fair dealing and valuation of tariffs proposed by collectives, standard of review

  • Negotiation of the first digital rights licence for the use of literary works throughout the Ontario public service

  • Opinions on reversionary interests, chain of title, ownership and authorship of materials protected by copyright

  • Policy submissions to the federal government regarding proposed legislative amendments to the Copyright Act on behalf of perceptually disabled, libraries, school boards and other users

Broadcasting, film and media

  • Advising as to copyright, including:
    • providing opinions on complex statutory interpretation for the film and software sectors

      • rights acquisition

      • rights management

      • licensing and incorporation of third party works,

      • performers’ rights and Copyright Board representation of users with respect to rates proposed by collectives

      • moral rights

  • Advising on obscenity and defamation matters and other limitations to freedom of expression on behalf of social media and internet providers

  • Advising as to enforcement of intellectual property and contractual rights and advising as to anti-bootlegging and anti-piracy strategies for global brand owners

  • Representation of insurance companies and insureds in defending against  liability

  • Conducting intellectual property due diligence, including chain of title verification

  • Negotiating and drafting distribution agreements, including online distribution agreements

  • Negotiating and drafting licenc e agreements for third party materials, themes and other intellectual property used for events

  • Advising on insurance and liability

Gaming Law

  • Advising on gaming laws in Canada, including laws regulating:

    • land-based casinos

    • charity casinos

    • internet gambling

    • lotteries

    • video lottery terminals and slot machines

    • sports and race wagering

  • Structuring constitution and organization of offshore corporations

  • Tax structuring


  • Advising as to copyright, including:

    • rights acquisition

    • rights management

    • licensing and incorporation of third party works

    • performers’ rights and neighbouring rights

    • moral rights

  • Advising on obscenity criminal provisions and other limitations to freedom of expression

  • Advising on defamation matters

  • Negotiating and drafting publishing agreements

  • Negotiating and drafting licensing agreements


  • Advising as to copyright, including:

    • co-authorship

    • rights acquisition

    • rights management

    • licensing and incorporation of third party works

    • moral rights

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