Canadian Newspaper Dealt Blow In Copyright Row

Law360, New York (October 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Five years after a similar ruling in the United States, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the rights of freelancers in Canada by ruling that newspapers and magazines must seek permission before putting works in online databases.

Although the ruling brings Canadian copyright precedent in line with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2001 ruling in a similar case against The New York Times Co., it may have little impact. Most freelancers now routinely sign explicit “all-rights” contracts to avoid such lawsuits.

Nevertheless, the ruling is a...
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