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Fifty Shades of Grey: Transmedia Legal Issues


Lawyer Tara Parker
Area Entertainment


Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic novel by E.L. James, is not only a runaway bestseller and pop culture phenomenon, but it also raises a host of complex transmedia legal issues.  When fans create “fan-fiction” or other content based on their favourite video game, movie, or television series - is this considered copyright infringement?  This article, “Transmedia - A Copyright Grey Area”, originally published in The Lawyers Weekly, explores this question by analyzing Canadian copyright laws and describing how the new Copyright Modernization Act may complicate the issue even further.

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