The Ontario government has released the Report to the Attorney-General of the Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel. (A “SLAPP” is a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” – in other words a lawsuit intended to silence criticism by employing a strategy of financial attrition). As the government’s summary indicates, Quebec passed anti-SLAPP legislation in 2009 (the relevant provisions are in Section 54.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure, RSQ c. C-25). The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General has a comprehensive website available which includes links to the Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s anti-SLAPP report, a previous Ontario bill aimed at SLAPPs, British Columbia’s now-repealed Protection of Public Participation Act, and a plethora of other articles and materials, including comparable United States legislation.
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.