Sundeep Chauhan

Director - Content Protection Operations - Internet (Canada) & Adjunct Professor


British Columbia - 2001

Ontario - 2003


Certified Specialist (Intellectual Property: Copyright)


  1. J.D. (Cum Laude), University of Ottawa

  2. B.A. (Hons) High Distinction, University of Toronto


  1. Vice-Chair & Executive Member - Entertainment, Media & Communications Section, Ontario Bar Association (OBA)

  2. Executive Member - Copyright Policy Committee - Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

  3. Executive Member - International Trade Policy Committee - Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)


  1. Canadian Bar Association (CBA)

  2. Ontario Bar Association (OBA)

  3. Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Last Updated : 01.01.14


Sundeep Chauhan is currently the Director, Content Protection Operations - Internet (Canada) with the Motion Picture Association - Canada (MPA-Canada). Sundeep has been designated by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist (Intellectual Property: Copyright).

Sundeep was previously in-house counsel to MPA-Canada which he joined after practicing with an intellectual property firm in Toronto, Canada where he offered transactional advice and litigation counsel on matters relating to Intellectual Property (Copyright & Trademarks), Corporate Commercial and Administrative Law. Sundeep also represented clients before governmental departments and agencies.

Sundeep has been involved with proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, the Copyright Board of Canada and has appeared before Parliamentary Committees with respect to Copyright.

Sundeep is also Adjunct Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches an intellectual property law seminar on copyright and the creative industries. Sundeep has been invited to speak at numerous domestic and international events.

Sundeep spent several years as Vice-President & General Counsel to a music licensing company where he focused on strategic management, copyright, technology, the collective administration of copyright, the certification and enforcement of copyright tariffs and corporate commercial matters. Sundeep was also a Policy Analyst with the Copyright Policy Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Sundeep graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with High Distinction from the University of Toronto.

Selection of Notable Litigation

  1. Supreme Court of Canada: Rogers Communications Inc., et al v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada; Entertainment Software Association, et al v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (counsel to intervenor)

  2. Copyright Board of Canada: Re:Sound Tariff 6 (Dance & Fitness) 2008-2012

  3. Copyright Board of Canada: Re:Sound Tariff 1.C (CBC - Radio) 2006-2011

  4. Copyright Board of Canada: SOCAN-NRCC Tariff 1.A (Commercial Radio) 2008-2011

  5. Copyright Board of Canada: NRCC Tariff 7 (Motion Picture Theatres and Drive-Ins) (2009-2011) and Tariff 9 (Commercial Television) 2009-2013 [Preliminary Issue]

  6. Copyright Board of Canada: Satellite Radio Services NRCC 2007-2010

  7. Federal Court of Appeal: Astral Media Radio Inc. v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, 2010 FCA 16, [2011] 1 F.C.R. 347

  8. Federal Court of Appeal: Canadian Association of Broadcasters v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada and Neigbouring Rights Collective of Canada 2006 FCA 337

  9. Copyright Board of Canada: NRCC Tariff 3 (Use and Supply of Background Music)  2003-2009

Selection of Speaking Engagements & Publications

  1. University of Toronto, Faculty of Law - Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) (Toronto), "Copyright - Principles, Terms & Conditions, Reform & Confusion", 2013

  2. Intellectual Property Institute of Canada - Annual General Meeting, Vancouver (Canada), “Copyright in an Innovative Canada”, 2012

  3. House of Commons Legislative Committee, Ottawa (Canada), “Bill C-11 - An Act to amend the Copyright Act”, 2012

  4. McGill/IPIC Summer Courses in Intellectual Property, “Copyright Master Class - Music Copyright”, 2011

  5. “2012 Copyright Tariff Report Vol.1-4”, 2011

  6. “Bill C-32: The Copyright Modernization Act - What have we heard so far”, 2011

  7. IFPI Global Performance Rights Committee Meeting, Toronto (Canada), “Rate Proceedings - Canada”, 2009

  8. IFPI European Performance Rights Committee Meeting, Vienna (Austria), “Valuing Music: An Economist’s Perspective”, 2008

  9. IFPI Global Performance Rights Committee Meeting, London (U.K.),“Preparing a Tariff Case”,2008

  10. University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management MBA Program (Canada),“Competition and Strategy in Creative Industries : Music Pricing”, 2007

  11. Canadian Music Week, Toronto (Canada), “Broadcasting & Webcasting Royalties: The Battle Heats Up”, 2007

  12. American Federation of Musicians 96th Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada (United States), “Re:Sound FAQ, Distributions & Tariffs”, 2005

  13. House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage - Statutory Review of the Copyright Act, Section 92, Ottawa (Canada), “Ratifying the WIPO Treaties”, 2003


Launched in 2001, was a portal site containing links to 30 plus pages of Internet-related case law, legislation, & articles.  Issue specific sub-pages ranged from online advertising to domain names and hackers to spam.  As Internet-related copyright issues increasingly gained prominence, in 2002 the daily Copyright eReport email newsletter was launched.

In 2010 the Copyright eReport Twitter was introduced. While was put on hiatus when Sundeep became Counsel to the Motion Picture Association - Canada, he still tweets at Copyright eReport Twitter.

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