Incidental Inclusion in Canadian Copyright Law

The good folks at IP Osgoode‘s IPilogue blog have published a short article I wrote which explores the "incidental inclusion" exception to copyright infringement, an exception which, depending on who you talk to, could be of major significance for film and TV producers facing errors and omissions clearance problems: "Cindy, Incidentally – The “Incidental Inclusion” Exception in Canadian Copyright Law".  The opening paragraph:

A filmmaker films an individual walking down a city street, past a convenience store.  The camera captures, among others, two things: an advertisement consisting of the familiar, stylized Coca-Cola symbol hanging in the window, and the faint, but audible, strains of a popular song drifting from inside the store as an unseen customer opens the door.  Concerned, the filmmaker speaks with an entertainment lawyer and asks whether there’s anything to worry about.  From such a simple fact scenario rises one of the more vexing questions in Canadian intellectual property law.

Bob Tarantino

About Bob Tarantino

Bob Tarantino is Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP and focuses his practice on the interface between the entertainment industries and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on film and television production, financing, licensing, distribution, and IP acquisition and protection. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of the creative process, from development to delivery and exploitation.

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