PLAINTIFFS' COUNSEL IN ROBERTSON V. PROQUEST, CEDROM, TORONTO STAR
NEWSPAPERS, ROGERS AND CANWEST
TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - On May 2, 2011, the Ontario court approved
settlements in a copyright class action involving freelance writers who
wrote for Canadian publications. The settlement funds total C$7.9
The case involved allegations that the defendants infringed the
copyright of freelance writers who wrote articles and other literary
works that were published by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., Rogers
Publishing Limited, Canwest Publishing Inc. or their affiliates. The
plaintiff alleged the defendants disseminated these literary works in
online databases without permission.
"This is a tremendous result for Canadian freelance writers", said Kirk
Baert, lead lawyer for the plaintiffs. "Class members saw their
articles appearing in online databases without their express
permission. This settlement provides compensation for that unexpected
In the next few weeks, there will be an official notice appearing in
certain newspapers and magazines explaining how freelance writers can
make claims from the settlement funds. The notice will also be
available on Koskie Minsky's website: www.kmlaw.ca/freelanceclassaction.
The freelance writers are represented by Heather Robertson, a freelance
author, and by Koskie Minsky LLP, a leading Canadian class action law
SOURCE Koskie Minsky LLP
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