Wiseau Studio v Harper is an important case for Canadian entertainment lawyers because it offers the first authoritative Canadian decision pertaining to documentary films on a number of topics, including fair dealing, intrusion upon seclusion, misappropriation of personality and moral rights considerations – all of which are important for film and television producers and their counsel.
As a follow-up to our popular post, Room Full of Spoons: The Contributions of Wiseau Studio v Harper to Canadian Entertainment Law, Bob Tarantino and Caitlin Choi speak with Matt Diskin and Meredith Bacal, who represented the defendants in this case, for their insider insights. In this episode of the Entertainment & Media Law Signal podcast, the crew dives into the backstory behind this claim, hot topics raised during trial and critical takeaways from the decision.
If you would like to discuss this podcast or the Wiseau Studio v Harper decision, please contact Meredith Bacal, Bob Tarantino or Caitlin Choi.
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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.
About Meredith Bacal
Meredith Bacal is a senior associate in the Firm’s Intellectual Property, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution groups. In her litigation practice, Meredith represents a diverse client base on matters related to media, entertainment, technology and defamation. She has appeared before many levels of court, including the Superior Court, Federal Court and Divisional Court, as well as numerous arbitral tribunals.