Former So You Think You Can Pitch? winner Jonathan Ng was dumbfounded when he discovered his 2012 Oscar shortlisted short film, Requiem for Romance was recut and used without permission in a music video for Australian EDM musician Will Sparks. Jonathan returns to Reel Asian this year to talk about his experiences with intellectual property law, misrepresentation, and piracy first hand.
The case study will be moderated by Sally Lee the Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario. As the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists, CARFAC defends artists’ economic and legal rights and educates the public on fair dealing with artists.
Also participating in the case study is May Cheng, a lawyer with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP who has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property disputes.
Sally has been a member of the arts community for over 25 years, serving in her current role as Executive Director of artists’ rights organization CARFAC Ontario since 2015. She was Executive Director of Reel Asian for three festivals, from 2002-04 before moving on to the TIFF, and then to Soulpepper Theatre Company. Other groups where she has worked or served on the board or a committee include LIFT, Images, CFMDC, Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, Samara Canada, Pan Am Path, BorderLines Magazine and the Women’s Press. She currently sits on the board of Wavelength Music, the Advocacy Committee of the Toronto Arts Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Reel Asian. She has also participated in the production of several independent films and music videos and is active in Toronto’s independent music community, currently playing bass in Long Branch.
May M. Cheng is a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and a Specialist in Trademark and Copyright Law, with more than 20 years of experience in litigating intellectual property disputes and providing a wide range of legal advice. May has represented artists and rights holders over the years in protecting their intellectual property, and has been recognized as one of the Top 250 Women in IP, a global ranking awarded by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.
This panel is pay-what-you-can! All proceeds goes towards Jonathan Ng. Suggested donation is $5.