The 2020 Annotated Copyright Act

Normand Tamaro

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The ideal portable research tool providing statute, legislation, case law, and in-depth commentary pertaining to the Copyright Act of Canada

Its exclusive combination of statute and case law with in-depth analysis makes The 2019 Annotated Copyright Act ideal for use as your portable research tool. This work has become a fixture of copyright law practice in Canada in the 26 years since the first edition was published in 1992. Written by an experienced practitioner and academic, this convenient one-stop reference brings together all the information you need to efficiently practice copyright law.

The 2019 Annotated Copyright Act brings the legislation, case law, and commentary up to date since the last edition.

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Updated statutes include:

  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-3, as amended by 2017, c. 26, ss. 5-10; 2018, c. 10, s. 82
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  • Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46

New case law includes:

  • Bell Canada v. Lackman, 2018 FCA 42 an illustration of an order in the case of infringement involving communications signals.
  • Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. v. Lee, 2018 BCSC 634, 2018 CarswellBC 954 Courts avoid awarding double compensation to the owner of the copyright for a single infringement. Therefore, the Court will not award damages for loss of profit if it awards to the owner of the copyright the profits made by the infringer.
  • Houle v. Thériault, 2018 QCCQ 1757 In the case of pictures of immovables used without the authorization of the owner of the copyright in online stores, the Court of Québec, Small Claims Division, awarded $1,800.
  • Syndicat des professeurs de l'État du Québec (SPEQ) v. Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)-Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA), 2018 CanLII 33548 (QC SAT) An arbitrator found that the preparation of course outlines and scoring grids was an integral part of the work description of a college teacher, and the employer (a college), holds copyright in those documents.
  • Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc., 2017 ONCA 748, leave to appeal granted 2018 CarswellOnt 9979, 2018 CarswellOnt 9980 Section 12 of the Copyright Act applies to the Provincial Crown and the Crown in right of the provinces and the territories.
  • Lainco inc. c. Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs, 2017 CF 825 an engineering firm that produced infringing plans was held liable for the infringement of the right to produce the plans and the right to authorize the tridimensional reproduction of those plans.
  • Evans and Hong v. Upward Construction, 2017 BCPC 247 While the client had formulated ideas for the preparation of the plans, it was the creator of the drawings who had expressed the ideas and augmented the pre-existing ideas.
  • Toronto Real Estate Board v. Commissioner of Competition, 2017 CAF 236, (S.C.C., Jan 30, 2018)
  • Bégon Fawcett v. Colas, 2017 QCCS 4835, 2017 CarswellQue 9481 the plai


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