We are proud to announce that we have once again made a sizeable donation to Inn from the Cold. A number of years ago we decided that rather than send Christmas gifts to clients we would instead donate the funds to a charity at Christmas. All of the lawyers and staff individually, and the Firm collectively contribute. We are pleased with this year's total contribution, one of our best years ever! Thank you to all lawyer and staff.
Responding to emails received from the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, our firm has made a substantial donation to the Red Cross which is one of the organizations assisting in the Fort McMurray disaster. The firm donation is in addition to individual donations being made by firm members including lawyers and support staff. Our best wishes go out to all of those affected by this horrible event. We hope that all Albertans, indeed, all Canadians, come together to assist our fellow citizens.
A judge of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has recently decided that copyright subsists in seismic data. This is the first definitive decision on this point in North America, as far as we are aware. It is a ground-breaking decision with far reaching ramifications for the law of copyright.
Currently a decision is pending in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench regarding whether copyright can subsist in seismic data. Notwithstanding longstanding industry acceptance that copyright does subsist, government boards, oil and gas companies and, surprisingly, some seismic companies maintain that there is no copyright in seismic data. Our firm is representing a seismic company plaintiff that is fighting to establish copyright in seismic data. Stay tuned.