Jan 192018
 
 January 19, 2018  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S.

And no, it’s not a claim about privacy infringement, although I was afraid it might be when I saw the headline. Marilyn Boone reports:

A St. John’s lawyer has launched a class-action lawsuit against a website that collects obituaries from all over Canada and posts them without the permission of families.

Erin Best said Wednesday that — if certified by the federal court of Canada — the lawsuit will be an “opt-out” one that could include thousands of people.

According to Best, the issue is one of copyright infringement. She said the written obituaries and accompanying pictures are owned by the writers and photographers, typically families who submitted the material to a local funeral home or newspaper.

Read more on CBC.ca.

Thanks to the Canadian reader who sent this in.

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