Issues/Your Take

Distinction Between Methods in AI-Created Art

Distinction Between Methods in AI-Created Art

Hi everyone, This article on AI-generated art reminded me of the class discussion on AIs holding copyright.  The article differentiates between two forms of AI art. In the first, the artist feeds specific images to the AI and then choses the best images out of the many that the AI creates. This process involves the […]

A very Canadian lawsuit: The Tragically Hip sue Mill Street Brewery in Toronto over their 100th Meridian Beer

A very Canadian lawsuit: The Tragically Hip sue Mill Street Brewery in Toronto over their 100th Meridian Beer

I was scrolling through today’s news and came across something that is an interesting (and perhaps more compelling) Canadian complement to last week’s discussion on Taylor Swift’s Evermore trademark lawsuit. According to this CBC article and the Statement of Claim (found online), The Tragically Hip are suing a Toronto-based brewery (Mill Street Brewery) for trademark […]

California Cop Weaponizes Copyright Law to Avoid Accountability

California Cop Weaponizes Copyright Law to Avoid Accountability

Anyone who spends a reasonable amount of time online is probably familiar with copystrikes, the term given to a removal of (allegedly) copyrighted material from an individual’s website for an ostensible violation of copyright. “This media has been removed in response to a request from the copyright holder” isn’t an uncommon to thing while browsing […]

Brands – what are they? – chewing gums and their invented names

Brands – what are they? – chewing gums and their invented names

I was sitting at my desk zoning out when it struck me that the pack of Wrigley’s Excel gum I had in my line of vision shared the same name with Microsoft’s Excel. I wondered if there were any IP issues so I did a search on Canada’s IP database, which revealed that there were […]

“Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules.”

“Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules.”

I came across this interesting article about the effect of IP policies on inequality (in a US context). The author, Dean Baker, argues that terms of IP monopolies are perpetuating inequalities and causes “upward redistribution of wealth” in our society, and that there are other better ways to incentivize innovation and creativity. Baker also goes […]

Copyright issue on Instagram

Copyright issue on Instagram

So I was scrolling through Instagram, and I came across this interesting Copyright issue in this link:https://www.instagram.com/reel/CK9NP7hDNXQ/?igshid=de3r6nvunzru here is the YouTube link for it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4c9xHqQHKs It shows how one of Winnie the Pooh’s episodes copied The Jungle Book – they have the exact same scene and it looks like it has been copied. It made me […]

Does fair dealing or public interest apply when infringing copyright of health information?

Does fair dealing or public interest apply when infringing copyright of health information?

https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/practice-areas/intellectual-property/canadian-intellectual-property-office-allows-requests-for-expedited-covid-19-medical-trademarks/337322 I found this article quite interesting [and relevant to the situation we are currently in]  and it raises interesting questions. Although the article talks more specifically about trademarks, consider if there was a scientific report which outlined vital information regarding practices to promote pubic health. If such a paper or textbook was covered by […]

Could Memes be infringing Copyright? “Bernie Sanders and his Marvelous Mittens…”

Could Memes be infringing Copyright? “Bernie Sanders and his Marvelous Mittens…”

https://www.mondaq.com/canada/copyright/1031182/bernie-and-his-marvelous-mittens-it39s-all-good-fun-until-a-copyright-lawyer-gets-involved I thought this article was interesting, even if the heyday of the Bernie Mittens meme is already past. Personally I hadn’t considered the copyright implications of memes and to me it seems that this article does a great job of discussing the basics of what defenses one might use if challenged. It also is […]

Federal Court grants damages for copyright infringement based on an infringement report generated by antipiracy software

Federal Court grants damages for copyright infringement based on an infringement report generated by antipiracy software

Hi all, this may come up in the News of the Week, but earlier last week the Federal Court granted damages on an ex parte motion for default judgement based on “Infringement Reports” generated by SmartFlow through their built-in antipiracy products. This article by Bereskin & Parr provides a good summary of the case (linked below), […]

IP Issues in Bullet Tip Design

IP Issues in Bullet Tip Design

Bullet Tip Presentation