PLAINTIFFS' COUNSEL IN ROBERTSON V. PROQUEST, CEDROM, TORONTO STAR
NEWSPAPERS, ROGERS AND CANWEST
TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - There has been a tentative settlement reached
in a copyright class action involving freelance writers who wrote for Canadian publications.
The case involved allegations that the defendants infringed the
copyright of freelance writers who wrote articles and other literary
works that were published in Canada by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.,
Rogers Publishing Limited or Canwest Publishing Inc. It was alleged
that the defendants disseminated these literary works in online
databases without permission. The defendants in the action are Toronto
Star, Rogers, CEDROM-SNi Inc. and ProQuest Information and Learning
LLC. Canwest was a defendant, but the action was dismissed against it
in June 2010. A separate settlement was reached with Canwest and was
approved on June 16, 2010 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
The class action generally applies to freelancer writers who did not
formally assign the copyright in their articles or literary works and
who did not enter into written agreements that permitted the electronic
publishing of their works.
"We are pleased a settlement has been reached," said Kirk Baert, one of
the lawyers for the plaintiffs. "This settlement allows for significant
payments to class members in a cost-effective and speedy manner."
There will be a hearing before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on
April 11, 2011 in Toronto for the court to consider whether to approve
the settlement, including the payment of $5.475 million in settlement
The freelance writers are represented by Heather Robertson, a freelance
author, and by Koskie Minsky LLP, a leading Canadian class action law
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