Canadian Originality and the Tension between the Commonwealth and the American Standards for Copyright Protection: The Myth of Tele-Direct

16 Intellectual Property Journal 561-98 (2003)

33 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2016

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Yoav Mazeh

Ono Academic College Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 31, 2003

Abstract

English Abstract: In 1997 the Federal Court of Appeal, in the milestone case of Tele-Direct (Publications) Inc. v. American Business Information Inc., replaced the Commonwealth criterion for originality, with the American one. The court held that Canadian copyright rejects the requirement of skill, labour and judgment, and adopts instead the American notion of creativity. This article examines whether Tele-Direct is a landmark decision in which Canada has accepted the American notion of creativity, or whether Canada, loyal to the Commonwealth, still requires skill, labour and judgment? The present article argues, contrary to the common view, that Canada has not accepted the American notion of creativity. Rather, that Tele-Direct is a unique decision in which a Canadian court has diverged from the Commonwealth approach. The article shows how subsequent cases apply creative interpretation to Tele-Direct while they still conform to the Commonwealth requirement for skill, labour and judgment.

Hebrew Abstract:

תקציר בעברית: במאמר זה בוחן בוחן יואב מזא"ה את דרישת המקוריות בזכות יוצרים במסגרת המשפט הקנדי. המאמר בוחן את המטוטלת של המשפט הקנדי, הנע בין המשפט המקובל האנגלי מצד אחד, לבין המשפט האמריקאי מצד שני.

Keywords: Copyright; Original; Originality; Creativity; Yoav Mazeh

Suggested Citation

Mazeh, Yoav, Canadian Originality and the Tension between the Commonwealth and the American Standards for Copyright Protection: The Myth of Tele-Direct (December 31, 2003). 16 Intellectual Property Journal 561-98 (2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2709587

Yoav Mazeh (Contact Author)

Ono Academic College Faculty of Law ( email )

104 Zahal St.
Kiryat Ono, 55000
Israel

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