Copyright law 2013: the year in review

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 18h Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review program. My talk canvassed developments in copyright in Canada, the US and UK in 2013. 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, and UK are dealt with in the slides. The paper has additional Canadian cases.


(AOM) NA Inc. et al v. Reveal Group, 2013 ONSC 8014

Cinar Corporation v. Robinson, 2013 SCC 73

Delta Hotels v. Backus-Naur et al., 2013 ONSC 582

Distrimedic inc. c. Dispill Inc., 2013 FC 1043

Layette Minimome Inc c Jarrar, 2013 QCCS 6084

Manitoba v. Access Copyright, 2013 FCA 91

Nautical Data International, Inc. v. C-Map USA Inc., 2013 FCA 63

Oakcraft Homes Inc v Ecklund, 2013 CanLII 41981 (ON SCSM)

Pelchat c. Zone 3 inc., 2013 QCCS 78

Pinto v. Bronfman Jewish Education Centre, 2013 FC 945

Planification-Organisation-Publications Systèmes (POPS) Ltée v. 9054-8181 Québec Inc., 2013 FC 427

Rains v. Molea, 2013 ONSC 5016

Tremblay c. Canada (Orio Canada Inc)., 2013 CAF 225

Tremblay v. Orio Canada Inc., 2013 FC 109


Agence France Presse v. Morel, 106 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1192 (S.D.N.Y.2013)

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v Aereo, Inc. US. Sup. Ct. Docket for 13-461

American Institute of Physics v. Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA 2013 WL 4666330 (D.Minn., 2013)

Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Ltd. (4th. Cir. Dec. 17, 2013)

CARIOU v. Prince, 714 F.3d 694, (2nd.Cir.2013)

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. v. Fung, 710 F.3d 1020 (9th Cir. 2013)

Craigslist, Inc. v. 3Taps INC., 2013 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 61837 (N.D.Cal. Apr. 30, 2013)

Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Hotfile Corp. 2013 WL 6336286 (S.D.Fla.,2013)

Diversey  v Schmidly, No. 13-2058 (10th Dec. 23 Cir.2013)

Hobbs v. (Elton) John, 722 F. 3d 1089 (7th.Cir.2013)

Inhale, Inc. v Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc., Case: 12-56331 (9th.Cir. Jan 9, 2014)

Klinger v Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd No. 13 C 1226 (N.D.Ill.2013)

Metro. Reg’l Info. Sys. v. AMER. HOME REALTY NET., 722 F. 3d 591 (4th.Cir.2013)

Righthaven LLC v Hoehn 2013 WL 1908876 (9th.Cir.May 9, 2013) Selzer v Green Day, Inc. 725 F.3d 1170 (9th.Cir. 2013)

The Associated Press v. Meltwater U.S. Holdings, Inc (S.D.N.Y, March 21, 2013)

The Authors Guild, Inc. v Google Inc. 2013 WL 6017130 (S.D.N.Y. Nov.14, 2013)


B4U Network (Europe) Ltd v Performing Right Society Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1236 (16 October 2013)

Coward v Phaestos Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 1292 (Ch) (17 May 2013)

Football Dataco Ltd & Ors v Stan James Plc & Ors[2013] EWCA Civ 27 (06 February 2013)

Public Relations Consultants Association Ltd v The Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd & Ors [2013] UKSC 18 (17 April 2013)

Orr-Adams (t/a Applied Concrete Systems, A Partnership) v Bailey [2013] EWPCC 30 (12 Jun. 2013)

SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1482 (21 November 2013)

VLM Holdings Ltd v Ravensworth Digital Services Ltd [2013] EWHC 228 (Ch) (13 February 2013)


My slides from last year’s talk are available here.

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