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Structural engineers score big as Federal Court recognizes and enforces copyright on structure of soccer complex

by Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie and Joshua Neubarth

On September 12, 2017, the Federal Court issued its decision in Lainco Inc v Commission Scolaire Des Bois-Francs et al, 2017 CF 825, confirming that the plaintiff’s steel structure for an indoor soccer complex could benefit from copyright protection as an “architectural work” under the Copyright Act in Canada. This is the first time in nearly 50 years that a building structure has been granted this protection by Canadian courts.

The plaintiff Lainco Inc was successfully represented by François Guay and Jean-Sébastien Dupont of Smart & Biggar’s Montreal office.

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