Anne with a © : Copyright Infringement and the Setting of a Netflix Series
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Anne with a © : Copyright Infringement and the Setting of a Netflix Series

Is there copyright in the setting of a Netflix series? It’s time for a dose of stereotypical Canadian culture, and you can’t do much better than another copyright battle over Anne of Green Gables! With Sullivan v. Northwood Media Inc. , 2019 ONSC 9 (CanLII) we can add to the long list of cases surrounding the fictional character Anne . This newest case deals with a copyright claim by Sullivan Entertainment against the producers of a CBC / Netflix version entitled “ ANNE with an E ” (2017). First, a newsflash: The Anne of Green Gables books were written by Lucy Maud Montgomery and originally published beginning in 1908. Sullivan, of course, is known as the producer of a popular television version of the Anne of Green Gables novels, starting with “Anne of Green Gables” (1985), the copyright in which is registered under Canadian Copyright Registration No. 358612. Enter the latest incarnation of the AGG story, a CBC series produced by Northwood Media, now streaming on Netflix. Sullivan alleges that Northwood, the producer of the latest Netflix version, has copied certain elements that were created by Sullivan in its TV series from the 1980s, elements that were not in […]

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