Summaries Sunday: Maritime Law Book

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

This week’s summaries concern: Aliens – International Law – Statutes – Civil Rights – Constitutional Law – Administrative Law – Copyright

B010 v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) 2015 SCC 58
Aliens – International Law – Statutes
Summary: Section 37(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act rendered a permanent resident or a foreign national inadmissible to Canada on grounds of organized criminality, for engaging, in the context of transnational crime, in activities such as people smuggling. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Board found each of the appellants inadmissible, on the basis that s. 37(1)(b) did not require a profit motive. Each applied for judicial review. …

R. v. Appulonappa (F.A.) et al. 2015 SCC 59
Aliens – Civil Rights – Constitutional Law – Statutes
Summary: On October 17, 2009, the vessel Ocean Lady was apprehended off the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Seventy-six people were aboard. All were Tamil asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka. None had the required legal documentation. The Crown claimed that the four appellants (the captain and chief crew of the vessel) were the organizers of the venture. …

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. v. Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) Inc. et al. 2015 SCC 57
Administrative Law – Copyright – Statutes
Summary: In 2012, the Copyright Board, in setting the terms of a licence between Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”) and SODRAC 2003 Inc. and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) Inc. (collectively, “SODRAC”) for the 2008-2012 period, held that CBC’s broadcast-incidental copying activity engaged the reproduction right established by s. 3(1)(d) of the Copyright Act, that a licence for such copies could not be implied from synchronization licences covering the production process, and that CBC required a separate reproduction licence to legitimize its broadcast-incidental copying. …


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