Copyright law 2012: the year in review in Canada and around the world

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 17h Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review program. My talk canvassed developments in copyright in Canada and around the world in 2012. My slides are shown below. The associated paper prepared in collaboration with Glen Bloom, with the help of others, is available here.

The following copyright cases from Canada, the USA, UK and Ireland, Australia, and  Europe are dealt with in the paper and slides.


Adobe Systems Incorporated v. Dale Thompson DBAAppletree Solutions, 2012 FC 1219

Aga Khan v. Tajdin, 2012 FCA 12

Alberta (Education) v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), 2012 SCC 37

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, 2012 FCA 22

AUCC v Access Copyright, 2012 FCA 22

Blizzard v. Simpson, 2012 ONSC 4312

Bodum USA Inc. c. Trudeau Corp. (1889) Inc., 2012 FC 1128

Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency v. Three Cent Copy Centre Ltd., 2012 FC 866

ESA v.SOCAN, 2012 SCC 34

Forensic Technology Inc. v. Pyramidal Technologies Ltd., 2012 QCCS 2463

Glanzmann Tours Ltd. v. Yukon Wide Adventures, 2012 YKSM 3

Harmony Consulting Ltd. v. G.A. Foss Transport Ltd., 2012 FCA 226

Hidasi v. Davie & Associates, 2012 BCHRT 384

Izard, et al. v. Claude Robinson, case 34468

Keatley Surveying LTD v TeranetInc., 2012 ONSC 7120

Lachance c. Productions Marie Eykel inc., 2012 QCCS 1012

Leuthold v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 2012 FC 1257

Marlboro Canada Limited v. Philip Morris Products S.A.,2012 FCA 201

Meads v. Meads, 2012 ABQB 571

Nautical Data International, Inc. v. C-Map USA Inc., 2012 FC 300

Re Collective Administration of Performing Rights and of Communication Rights, Copyright Board, January 30, 2012

Reference re Broadcasting Act, 2012 SCC 4

Reference re Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010 167, 2012 SCC 68

Re:Sound v. Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, 2012 SCC 38

Rogers Communications Inc. v. SOCAN, 2012 SCC 35

R. v. Rundle, 2012 ONSC 5185

SOCAN v.Bell Canada, 2012 SCC 36

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. IIC Enterprises Ltd., 2012 FCA 179

Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada v. ARTV, Copyright Board, January 5, 2012

Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and les Chaînes Télé Astral and Teletoon; Statement of Royalties to be Collected by SODRAC for the Reproduction, in Canada, of Musical Works Embodied into Cinematographic Works for the Purpose of Distribution of Copies of the Cinematographic Works for Private Use or of Theatrical Exhibition for the Years 2009 to 2012, Copyright Board, November 2, 2012 (2012 CarswellNat 4255)

Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Copyright Board, April 30, 2012

Statement of royalties to be collected by Access Copyright for the reprographic reproduction, in Canada, of works in its repertoire, Copyright Board, March 15, 2012

Statements of Royalties to be Collected by SOCAN and CMRRA/SODRAC Inc. for the Communication to the Public by Telecommunication or the Reproduction, in Canada, of Musical Works (SOCAN Tariff 22.A (Internet – Online Music Services), 2007-2010 and CSI Online Music Services Tariff, 2008-2010), Copyright Board, October 5, 2012

Statement of Royalties to be Collected by SOCAN for the Public Performance or the Communication to the Public by Telecommunication, in Canada, of Musical or Dramatico-Musical Works (SOCAN Tariffs 2.B, 2.C, 2.D, 3, 5.A, 6 – 16, 18 – 21, 23, 24), Copyright Board, June 29, 2012

Statement of royalties to be collected for the performance in public or the communication to the public by telecommunication, in Canada, of musical works (SOCAN Tariffs 22.4 (2007-2008) and 22.D (2009-2011) – Audiovisual Webcasts: SOCAN Tariffs 22.7 (2007-2008) and 22.G (2009-2011), Copyright Board, February 17, 2012

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 5 – Use of Music to Accompany Live Events, 2008-2012 (Parts A to G)), Copyright Board, May 25, 2012

Statement of Royalties to be Collected for the Performance in the 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.B – Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Physical Activities, 2008-2012), Copyright Board, July 6, 2012

Victor Stanley Inc., Re, Canada Patent Appeal Board & Patents Commissioner, March 28, 2012

Waldman v. Thomson Reuters Corporation, 2012 ONSC 1138

Warman v. Fournier, 2012 FC 803

United States

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70749, (SDNY, 2012)

Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146169, (SDNY, 2012)

Authors Guild v Google, Inc., 2012 WL 1951790 (S.D.N.Y. May 31, 2012)

Blehm v Jacobs, 2012 WL 6700437 (10th.Cir. Dec 27, 2012)

Cambridge University Press v. Becker, 863 F.Supp.2d 1190 (N.D.Ga. 2012)

Capitol Records, Inc. v. Thomas-Rasset, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 19040 (8th Cir, 2012)

CollegeSource, Inc. v. Academyone, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-3542, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153197 (ED Penn, 2012)

FlavaWorks, Inc. v. Gunter, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 15977, (7th Cir, 2012)

Fox Broadcasting Company Inc. v. Dish Network, L.L.C., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169112, (C.D. Cal, 2012)

Fox Television Studios v BarryDriller Content Systems, Case, No. CV-12-6921, (C.D.Cal. Dec 20, 2012)

Games Workshop v. Chapterhouse Studios, Case No. 10 C 8103, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168360, (ND Ill, 2012)

Gaylord v. US, 678 F. 3d 1339, (Fed Cir, 2012)

Golan v. Holder, 132 S.Ct. 873 (2012)

Hobbs v. John, 12 C 3117, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154452, (ND Ill, 2012)

Kernel Records Oy v. Mosley, 694 F. 3d 1294 (11th Cir. 2012)

Marshall v. Marshall, 08 CV 1420 (LB), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45700, (ED NY, 2012), affirmed, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 24846 (2d Cir. 2012)

McGee v. André Benjamin 3000, Civil Action No. 08-11818-DPW, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37210, (D Mass, 2012)

Mongev. Maya Magazines, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 16947, (9th Cir. 2012)

Oracle v Google, 2012 WL 1964523 (N.D.Cal. May 31, 2012)

Society of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Inc. v. Gregory, 689 F.3d 29, (1st.Cir. 2012)

Tetris Holding, LLC v. Xio Interactive, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74463 (D NJ, 2012)

US Auto Parts Network, Inc. v. Parts Geek, LLC, No. 10-56129, No. 10-56194, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18505 (9th Cir, 2012)

Viacom International, Inc v YouTube, Inc.,  676 F.3d 19 (2d.Cir. 2012)

WPIX, Inc. v. Ivi, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18155 (2d Cir, 2012)

Yesh Music v. Lakewood Church, Case No. 4:11-CV-03095, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19030 (SD TX, 2012)

United Kingdom and Ireland

Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd v Thornber & Ors[2012] EWPCC 37 (05 October 2012)

British Telecommunications Plc , R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport [2012] EWCA Civ 232 (06 March 2012)

Celebrity Pictures Ltd & Anor v B Hannah Ltd [2012] EWPCC 32

DramaticoEntertainment Ltd & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & Ors [2012] EWHC 1152 (Ch)

Football Association Premier League Ltd & Ors v QC Leisure & Ors [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch) (03 February 2012), aff’d [2012] EWCA Civ 1708 (20 December 2012)

Golden Eye (International) Ltd & Ors v Telefónica UK Litd & Anor[2012] EWCA Civ 1740 (21 December 2012)

Government of the United States v O’Dwyer, Westminister Magistrates’ Court, 13 January, 2012

Hoffman v Drug Abuse Resistance Education (UK) Ltd [2012] EWPCC 2 (19 January 2012)

MeltwaterHolding BV v. The Newspaper Licensing Agency Limited, UK Copyright Tribunal, 14 February, 2012

Naxos Rights International Ltd v Project Management (Borders) Ltd & Anor [2012] ScotCS CSOH_158

Slater v Wimmer [2012] EWPCC 7 (16 February 2012)

Temple Island Collections Ltd v. New English Teas Ltd & Anor [2012] EWPCC 1 (12 January 2012)

Wilkinson v London Strategic Health Authority [2012] EWPCC 48 (14 November 2012)


AcohsPty Ltd v Ucorp Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 16 (2 March 2012)

Apotex Pty Ltd v Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd (No 2) [2012] FCAFC 102 (18 July 2012)

CA, Inc. v ISI Pty Limited [2012] FCA 35

JT International SA v. Commonwealth of Australia [2012] HCA 43 (5 October 2012)

National Rugby League Investments Pty Limited v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd, [2012] FCAFC 59 (April 2012)

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] HCA 8 (28 March 2012)

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd v Commercial Radio Australia Limited [ 2012] FCA 93  (15 February 2012)

Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd [2012] HCA 16 (20 April 2012)

Ron Englehart Pty Ltd v Enterprise Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 4 (17 February 2012)

TonnexInternational Pty Ltd v Dynamic Supplies Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 162 (16 November 2012)

EU (other than UK)

Bonnier Audio et al. v Perfect Communication SwedenAB, Case C-461/10,  19 April, 2012

DR and TV2 Danmark  v NCB – Nordisk Copyright  Bureau, Case C-510/10, 26 April, 2012

EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd & Ors -v- The Data Protection Commissioner , [2012] IEHC 264

Football Dataco Ltd and Ors v. Yahoo! UK and Ors., Case C-604/10, 1 March 2012

Football Dataco Ltd. v Sportradar GmbH, Case C-173/11, 18 October, 2012

GEMA v. Rapidshare AG, Hamburg Regional Court, Case: 310 O 93/08, 14 March 2012

GEMA v YouTube, Hamburg Regional Court, Case 310 O 461/10, 20 April, 2012

InfopaqInternational A/S v DanskeDagbladesForening, Case C-302/10 January 17, 2012

Martin Luksan v. Petrus van der Let, Case C-277/10, 9 February, 2012

Phonographic Performance (Ireland) Ltd v Ireland, Case C-162/10, 15 March, 2012

Re Titus Alexander Jochen Donner, Case C-5/11, 21 June 2012

SABAM v Netlog NV, 2012 EUECJ C-360/10 16 February, 2012

SAS Institute v World Programming Limited, Case C-406/10, 2 May 2012

Società Consortile Fonografici (SCF) v Marco Del Corso, Case C-135/10, 15 March 2012

UsedSoftGmbH v Oracle International Corp., Case C-128/11, 24 April, 2012

My slides are below. Last year’s slides and paper can be found @ Copyright law 2011 – the year in review in Canada and around the world.

For more information about the Copyright Modernization Act or Bill C-11 or copyright reform, see Change and the Copyright Modernization Act.


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