Summaries of selected recent cases are provided each week to Slaw by Maritime Law Book. Every Sunday we present a precis of the latest summaries, a fuller version of which can be found on MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries at cases.slaw.ca.
This week’s summaries concern:
Infringement of copyright / Judicial bias :
Cinar Corp. et al. v. Robinson et al. 2013 SCC 73
Copyright – Infringement of copyright – General principles – Substantial similarity or substantial copying
Robinson and his company, Les productions Nilem inc., sued several parties involved in the production and distribution of the “Robinson Sucroë” (Sucroë) television show, claiming that they infringed copyright in Robinson’s work: “The Adventures of Robinson Curiosity” (Curiosity). The defendants included Cinar Corp., Weinberg and Charest (directors and officers of Cinar), France Animation S.A., and its chief executive officer Davin and an employee Izard.
The Québec Superior . . .
Belong v. Canada (Attorney General) et al. 2013 NBCA 68
Courts – Judges – Disqualification – Bias – By trial or applications judge
Belong was a RCMP officer. In 2000, he was convicted of uttering a threat, assault causing bodily harm and sexual assault against his spouse (Haywood). RCMP internal disciplinary proceedings commenced. In 2001, Haywood recanted aspects of her testimony as it related to the sexual assault. As a result, a summary conviction appeal court quashed the convictions and directed verdicts of acquittal. In spite of the acquittals, the RCMP . . .