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Quebec courts reject businessman’s privacy claim

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The Montreal Gazette and two other Quebec media outlets won access in December 2006 to the financial information of a businessman at the centre of a major lawsuit. The Gazette‘s Mike King reports.
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Copyright 101

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Backgrounder
You can’t print that … or can you? Copyright law gives writers and artists control over how their works and used, but there are exceptions for publishing excerpts and using material in the classroom. Find out more.
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Supreme Court upholds freelancers’ copyright

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Databases compiled by newspapers and other publishers cannot reproduce freelance work without the agreement of writers, photographers and illustrators, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in October 2006. It is a partial victory for writer Heather Robertson, who launched a class action suit in 1996 against The Globe and Mail and its then-owner – Thomson Corporation – for copyright infringement. Read the ruling.
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Alberta judge protects CBC’s sources

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An Alberta judge has refused to force the CBC to disclose documents that would identify confidential sources to Edmonton’s former chief of police, who’s suing the network for defamation over a televised report alleging he engaged in sexual relations and unlawful conduct with prostitutes. In a November 2005 ruling, Justice Vital Ouellette of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench invoked journalist-source privilege to prevent the information from being disclosed at the pre-trial stage of the lawsuit.
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Freedom of expression 101

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Section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” A primer on how the courts have interpreted these rights and what they mean for journalists.
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Gaining access to court files

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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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Publication bans: What the media can’t say

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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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