Casey Chisick* is a partner in the Business Law Group and co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Copyright).
Having worked as a law professor, a jazz promoter and a musician – and even as artistic director of an internationally-renowned folk dance company – Casey offers his clients a rare combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. His diverse practice spans a number of related areas, including intellectual property, entertainment law, communications, advertising and marketing, and fashion and apparel, with particular expertise in the collective administration of copyright. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to a host of diverse clients in the music, film, television, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media and fashion industries, as well as to a number of top Canadian universities and to general business clients with intellectual property needs. He also consults on negotiation strategy for businesses of all kinds.
As a transactional lawyer, Casey serves as a trusted advisor to clients on significant deals ranging from the purchase and sale of film, television, music publishing, broadcasting and new media assets to the development, financing, production and distribution of TV series, specials and feature films. He has negotiated scores of recording, management, publishing, appearance, branding, and employment agreements for well-known artists and executives in the entertainment and media industries and has served as chief outside counsel to companies in fields as diverse as IT outsourcing, interactive advertising, fitness and nutrition, and functional genomics.
As litigation counsel, Casey has appeared in five seminal copyright cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: SOCAN v. Bell Canada, Entertainment Software Association v. SOCAN, Rogers Communications v. SOCAN, Alberta v. Access Copyright, and CBC v. SODRAC. He has also represented clients in copyright and entertainment matters before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Moreover, Casey has extensive experience in rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada.
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