Copyright law 2011 –the year in review in Canada and around the world

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 16th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review program. My talk canvassed developments in copyright in 2011.  My slides are shown below. The associated paper prepared in collaboration with Glen Bloom, with the help of others, is available here.

My slides and/or the paper summarize the following copyright cases from Canada, the USA, UK and  Europe:


Re: Sound v Motion Picture Theatre Association of Canada 2011 FCA 70

Reference re Broadcasting Act 2011 FCA 64

Crookes v. Newton 2011 SCC 47

France Animation v Robinson, 2011 QCCA 1361

Aga Khan v. Tajdin, 2011 FC 14

9077-6204 Québec inc. c. Blanchard 2011 QCCQ 205

Training and Management Pro-Health Inc. c. Sampietro 2011 QCCS 4256

Perfect 10, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2011 FC 348

Harmony Consulting Ltd. v. G.A. Foss Transport Ltd., 2011 FC 340

Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership v. Rogers Communications Inc., 2011 BCSC 1196

Layette Miniôme inc. c. Jarrar 2011 QCCS 1743

Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. Singga Enterprises (Canada) Inc., 2011 FC 776

1429539 Ontario Limited v. Café Mirage Inc., 2011 FC 1290

Suttie v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 FC 119

SOCAN v v. IIC Enterprises Ltd. (Cheetah’s Nightclub), 2011 FC 1088

Robertson v. ProQuest Information and Learning LLC, 2011 ONSC 2629

R. c. Fiset 2011 QCCQ 1344

Reprographic Reproduction, 2011-2013 Interim Decision March 16, 2011

IPC Order MO-2635/June 30, 2011

R c. Gravel 2011 QCCQ 2517

Flow Films v. Global Wealth Trade Corp. [2011] O.J. No. 674

Setanta Sports Canada Limited v. 840341 Alberta Ltd. (Bres’in Taphouse) 2011 FC 709

Velsoft Training Materials Inc. v. Global Courseware Inc. 2011 NSSC 274

Fabrikant v. Swamy [2011] QJ No 2826

Statement of Royalties to be Collected for the Communication to the Public by Telecommunication, in Canada, of Musical Works and of Published Sound Recordings Embodying Musical Works and Performers’ Performances of Such Works (SOCAN and Re:Sound Tariffs 1.C (CBC – Radio 2006-2011) [2011] C.B.D. No. 3 (Copyright Board, July 8, 2011)

Statement of Royalties to be Collected for the Performance in Public or the Communication to the Public by Telecommunication in Canada, of Published Sound Recordings Embodying Musical Works and Performers’ Performances of Such Works (Re:Sound Tariff No. 6.A – Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Dance, 2008-2012) [2011] C.B.D. No. 4 (Copyright Board, July 15, 2011)


Agency France Presse v Morel, 769 F.Supp.2d 295 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc v WTV Systems, Inc. 2011 WL 4001121 (C.D.Cal. Aug, 1, 2011)

Flava Works, Inc, v Gunter dba myVidster, 2011 WL 1791557 (N.D.Ill.May 10, 2011)

Flava Works, Inc, v Gunter dba myVidster 2011 WL 3205399 (N.D.Ill. July 27, 2011)

Flava Works, Inc, v Gunter dba myVidster, 2011 WL 3876910 (N.D.Ill. Sep. 1, 2011)

Perfect 10, Inc v Megaupload Limited 2011 WL 3203117 (S.D.Cal., Jul. 27, 2011)

Disney Enterprises, Inc v Hotfile 798 F.Supp.2d 1303 (S.D. Flo. 2011)

UMG Recordings v Shelter Capital Partners LLC 101 U.S.P.Q.2d 1001 (9th. Cir. 2011)

Capitol Records, Inc. v. MP3tunes, LLC, 101 U.S.P.Q.2d 1093 (S.D.N.Y.2011)

Arista Records LLC v. MyxerInc., f/k/a Visible Technologies, Inc., Case No. CV 08-3935-GAF-JC (C.D. Cal. April 1, 2011)

The Authors Guild et al v. Google Inc.  770 F.Supp.2d 666 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha 16 N.Y.3d 295 (Ct.App.N.Y. 2011)

Kernal Records Oy v. Mosley,  794 F.Supp.2d 1355  (S.D.Fla. 2011)

Seng-Tiong Ho v. Taflove, 2011 WL 2175878 (7th.Cir, 2011)

Softech Worldwide LLC v. Internet Technology Broadcasting Corp. 761 F.Supp.2d 367 (E.D.Vir.2011)

Righthaven LLC v. Hoehn 792 F.Supp.2d 1138 (D.C.Nev.2011)

Capitol Records Inc v. Jammie Thomas-Rasset 2011 WL 3211362 (D.C.Minn.2011)


Lucasfilm Ltd & Ors v Ainsworth & Anor [2011] UKSC 39 (27 July 2011)

Football Dataco Ltd & Ors v Sportradar GmbH & Anor [2011] EWCA Civ 330 (29 March 2011)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc [2011] EWHC 1981 (Ch) (28 July 2011)

ITV Broadcasting Ltd & Ors v TV Catchup Ltd [2011] EWHC 1874 (Pat) (18 July 2011)

The Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd & Ors. v Meltwater Holding BV & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 890 (27 July 2011)

Roadshow Films Pty Ltd. v  iiNet Limited, [2011] FCAFC 23 (decision of High Court pending)

Super Cassettes Industries v. MySpace Inc. High Court of Delhi, judgment pronounced on 29/07/2011

Dynamic Supplies Pty Limited v. Tonnex International 2011 FCA 362  (Federal Court of Australia)

Media CAT v. Adams 2011 EWPCC 6  and 2011 EWPCC 10  (Patents County Court)

Football Dataco Ltd  v. Yahoo! UK Limited 2011 EWCA Civ 330 (UK Court of Appeal)

Forensic Telecommunications Services Ltd v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire 2011 EWHC 2892 (Ch)

R (on the application of British Telecommunications plc and another) v. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 2011 EWHC 1021 (Admin)


EU (other than UK)

La société Des Auteurs des Arts Visuels et de L’image Fixe Visual Auteurs (SAIF) v. Google France  S.A.R.L. and Google Inc., Paris Court of Appeal, Jan. 26, 2011

Google v Copiepresse et al, Brussels Court of Appeal (9th Chamber) May 5, 2011

Premier League Football (ECJ Case C-403/08),  4 October 2011

Scarlet Extended SA v SABAM, (ECJ Case C-70/10) 24 November, 2011

Stichting de Thuiskopie v Opus (ECJ Case C-462/09) 16 June 2011

The slides can be seen below:

View more presentations from bsookman
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: