On July 31, 2018, the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) announced that it has merged operations with the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers & Publishers in Canada (SODRAC).
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/collective-rights-societies-socan-and-sodrac-merge
On July 18, 2018, the European Commission fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. According to the Commission, Google engaged in three separate practices aiming to cement its dominant position in general internet search services:
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/google-faces-largest-ever-fine-imposed-by-european-commission-for-breaching-european-union
On June 28, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held in the matter of ML and WW v Germany (No 60798/10 65599/10) that the right to be forgotten cannot trump the public’s right to access archived news.
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/eu-court-of-human-rights-has-held-righttobeforgotten-cannot-trump-public%E2%80%99s-right-to-access
On June 29, 2018 the US Federal Court found that the US Postal Service (USPS) infringed copyright by mistakenly putting a photo of a replica of the Statue of Liberty found on the Las Vegas Strip on roughly 3.5 billion stamps. The sculptor of the Las Vegas replica, Robert S.
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/usps-to-pay-35m-after-misidentifying-statue-of-liberty-on-stamp
In a recent 4-3 decision, in Hassell v Bird, California’s Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision and held that businesses cannot force Yelp Inc, an online platform that publishes third-party reviews of local businesses, to remove reviews found by the lower court to be defamatory from its platform.
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/california-supreme-court-rules-yelp-can%E2%80%99t-be-ordered-to-remove-negative-user-reviews
On June 18, 2018, the Canadian Senate voted to pass the Cannabis Act, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, by a vote of 52-29.
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/senate-passes-marijuana-legislation
On December 13, 2017, the Canadian government kicked off its review of the Copyright Act by asking the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (“Standing Committee”) to review the statute. Since beginning its statutory review, the Standing Committee has met with over 100 stakeholders.
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/canadian-music-industry-lobbies-government-for-new-smartphone-tariff
On June 21, 2018, The Supreme Court of Canada granted Keatley Surveying Ltd’s (Keatley) application to appeal and Teranet Inc’s (Teranet) application to cross-appeal from the judgement of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Deeth Williams Wallhttps://www.dww.com/articles/update-leave-to-appeal-to-supreme-court-of-canada-granted-keatley-surveying-ltd-v-teranet