Toronto Film & Media Seminar - Copyleft / Copyright: Intellectual Property and Shifting Laws for Scholars and Artists

When and Where

Friday, February 07, 2020 4:30 pm to 11:55 pm
3rd Floor Learning Studios
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5


M.E Luka (U of T)
Vandana Taxali (EntCounsel, OCAD)
Conveners: Cyrus Sundar Singh and Lani Akande


Dr. Mary Elizabeth (“M.E.”) Luka: Assistant Professor of Arts, Media & Culture Management (UTSC). Dr. Luka is an award-winning scholar, activist and digital media producer for arts, social enterprises, broadcasting and telecommunications, and creative management policy, planning and practice. She is also a founding member of Archive/Counter-Archive : Activation Canada’s Moving Image Heritage.

Vandana Taxali: a legal professional and business lawyer (media, technology, software and entertainment) with over a decade of experience in intellectual property (copyright, trademark), licensing, contracts and entertainment law practice at Entcounsel. http://www. . She is also the founder of Artcryption , a platform that protects intellectual property, namely art and creative assets, on the blockchain. She teaches intellectual property law in continuing studies at OCAD University.

TFMS Panel Co-Chairs
Cyrus Sundar Singh: AcademiCreActivist scholar & Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, musician, poet, and storyteller pursuing a doctorate in Communications & Culture at York-Ryerson.
Lani Akande: PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Arts, York University.

Free Registration


Steering Committee for 2019-2020
Co-chairs: James Leo Cahill (UofT) and Claudia Sicondolfo (York) • Faculty members: Michael
Baker (Sheridan); Liz Clarke (Brock); Natalie Coulter (York); Brian Jacobson (UofT); Carolyn Kane
(Ryerson); Selmin Kara (OCAD); Mark Lipton (Guelph); Susan Lord (Queen’s); Katherine Spring
(WLU); Janine Marchessault (York) • Grad student members: Lani Akande (York); Anjo-marí
Guows (UofT); Tricia Herman (OCAD); Heather Lambert (WLU); Katie Russell (UofT); Cyrus
Sundar Singh (Ryerson); Émilie von Garan (UofT) • Member at Large: Jesse Cumming
(Independent Scholar/Curator); TIFF: Theresa Scandiffio, Jessica Lam, Keith Bennie.

The goals of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar are:
• Encouraging intellectual and collegial discussion among the Cinema and Media Studies
scholars in the region.
• Encouraging in-depth scholarly discussion and critical debate.
• Showcasing diverse research methodologies and research fields that address a wide range of
cinematic technologies (film, television, video, new media, and other forms of moving image
and sound screens).
• Aiming to model collegial and professional academic discourse for graduate students entering
the field.


350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5