snIP/ITs Blog Monthly Review

Below is our Month in Review for July, highlighting posts on our snIP/ITs blog. You can follow the links to any of these specific posts, or you can visit the blog at

YouTube, Facebook, Netflix liable to pay for music in Canada rules Copyright Board
By Barry Sookman on July 21st, 2014

On Friday, the Copyright Board released a decision and certified two SOCAN tariffs, Tariffs 22.D.1 (Internet – Online Audiovisual Services) and 22.D.2 (Internet – User-Generated Content). The years covered by the tariffs are 2007-2013. The tariffs were certified based on agreements reached between SOCAN and objectors. Between the objectors and other entities which filed submissions …

CASL Guidance for Registered Charities
By Meghan Waters and Rahim Esmail on July 15th, 2014

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which came into force on July 1, 2014, is considered to be the toughest commercial electronic messaging (CEM) legislation in the world, with substantial fines for violations (including fines up to $10 million for organizations). While CASL’s prohibition on sending CEMs (without adhering to prescribed consent, form and unsubscribe requirements) applies …

Canada Patent Litigation: Federal Court Rules “Enhanced Disclosure” Requirement for Sound Prediction Applies Only To “New Use” Patents
By Sanjaya Mendis and David Tait on July 11th, 2014

On July 2, 2014, Mr. Justice Rennie of the Federal Court released his judgment and reasons in Astrazeneca Canada Inc v. Apotex Inc., 2014 FC 638 dismissing AstraZeneca’s action for infringement and granting Apotex’s counterclaim for a declaration that Canadian Patent 2,139,653 is invalid. This patent relates to AstraZeneca’s successful drug NEXIUM® …

Services Matrec inc. c. CFH Sécurité inc.
By Cristel Chabot-Lapointe on July 8th, 2014

En février dernier, la Cour d’appel du Québec a rendu une décision comportant des implications majeures relativement à l’interprétation des contrats de services risquant très certainement de modifier la façon dont ces contrats sont rédigés et négociés. Bien qu’il soit admis que les dispositions du Code civil du Québec applicables aux contrats nommés, dont le …

Interim Injunctive Relief Against Google as a Tool to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights Worldwide
By Sean Griffin and Catherine Martin on July 4th, 2014

Facts Following the decision last month in which Google Inc. (Google) was ordered by the European Union’s Court of Justice to “forget” certain personal information[1], the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued an interim injunction on June 13, 2014 against Google to remove certain websites from its worldwide Internet search engines. This interim …