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Music Infringement: Would the "Blurred Lines" Case Be Different in Canada?

November 25th, 2015
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm


7.4 million dollars. That’s about how much a U.S. jury recently awarded Marvin Gaye's estate after finding that singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ‘copied’ his music to create the song "Blurred Lines", one of the biggest hits of 2013.

Artists are terrified that this case sets a dangerous precedent and will have a chilling effect on musicians who attempt to emulate or pay homage to the sound of other artists.

Sign up for an in-depth look at why the jury reached this decision and whether, based on the Copyright Act and the previous copyright cases in Canada, the "Blurred Lines" case might have turned out differently in Canada.

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CBA-ACT Proud to Sponsor First Anti-Corruption Course Book

The CBA Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) is proud to sponsor and provide for download Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice, the first course book of its kind on anti-corruption. As sponsors of the book, the CBA Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) reviewed and provided input into the content. It is a comprehensive account of the historical, social, economic and political dimensions of corruption and compares the US, UK and Canadian Anti-Corruption regimes.

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CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

CBCA - Social Enterprise Article

The Benefit Corporation Model enables for-profit enterprises to enshrine an element of social responsibility in their mandate. Canada is considering adopting socially responsibly enterprises through possible amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act. Similarly, Ontario is about to start assessing advice from experts on the shape that legislation allowing for “dual-purpose” business corporations might take.

Click here to read the article by Business Law Section member Dennis J. Tobin

Visit the Anti-Corruption Team website!

The CBA’s Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) website provides access to global anti-corruption legislation of interest to Canadian lawyers, specific case law, internation resources and conventions, and articles written by experts on the topic.

The CBA-ACT is a joint committee of the Charities, International, Business, and Competition Law Sections as well as CCCA.

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CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine Business and Corporate Edition – August 2015

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Past issues of Business Law can be found on the Newsletter page.



  • CBA Section Executive Meeting, November 21, 2015 (Ottawa)



  • Law and practice affecting business, commerce, trade, mercantile pursuits and banking.

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