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Gaining access to court files

Gaining access to court files

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Backgrounder
Kenneth Singer, a Vancouver media law specialist, reviews the limits on media access to court files.
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Celebrities and Canadian privacy law

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Commentary
Do Canada’s privacy laws prevent the unauthorized use of celebrities’ names and images? The law is unclear, but lawyer and journalist Mitchell Flagg argues in this commentary that Canada’s courts should reject the American approach and deny celebrities a monopoly over how they are depicted in public.
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Quebec’s privacy law restricts publication of photos

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Analysis
Quebec has some of the strongest privacy laws in the western world. CBC lawyer Marie-Philippe Bouchard examines two court rulings that punished Quebec media outlets for publishing photographs of individuals.
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Privacy law primer

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Analysis
Vancouver lawyer Daniel Burnett reviews the law in four provinces with statutes that protect personal privacy.
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The case for cameras in the courts

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Commentary
CBC lawyer Daniel Henry makes the pitch for camera access to Canada’s courts.
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Defamation on the Internet

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Analysis
Vancouver media lawyer David Sutherland explores how defamation law applies to the brave new world of the Internet.
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An online guide to copyright law

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Backgrounder
In the simplest terms, “copyright” means “the right to copy.” Only the owner of copyright – usually the creator of the work – can produce or reproduce the work, or permit anyone else to do so. Copyright law rewards and protects your creative endeavour by giving you the sole right to publish or use your work in any number of ways. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office, an agency of Industry Canada, offers a guide to understanding copyright law.
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Publication bans: What the media can’t say

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Feature
How do publication bans work and why are they imposed? CBC News Online tackles these and other questions about restrictions on media coverage of court cases. By John Bowman and Justin Thompson.
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Journalists and the law

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This section contains information, advice and commentary on legal issues that affect how journalists do their jobs.
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N.S. judge opens youth court records

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News
Young offenders handed an adult sentence for serious crimes not only lose the right to remain anonymous; they should expect pre-sentence and psychological reports filed with the courts to be made public. That’s the finding of a Nova Scotia youth court judge who in May 2006 ordered the release of exhibits tendered at the sentencing hearing of a 17-year-old joyrider who killed a Halifax woman while fleeing police in a stolen car. By Dean Jobb.
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