Victoria Novak is an associate at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP, having joined the firm in 2014. Her practice focuses on all aspects of the film and television industries, as well as music, new media, book publishing, dance, and modeling matters. Prior to this position, she developed extensive experience in the arts and culture sector through roles at a Canadian copyright collective and a cultural agency of the Government of Ontario. Victoria was called to the Law Society of Ontario in 2013.
Victoria acts for a wide variety of clients, including film, TV and new media producers, writers, directors, musicians, photographers, authors, actors, dancers, and trademark and copyright owners. Victoria has extensive experience drafting and negotiating performer agreements, E&O insurance reviews, licensing agreements, rights assignments and acquisitions, co-production agreements, management and agency agreements, copyright infringement notices, film financing agreements and a variety of other intellectual property related documents. Victoria is also a registered trademark agent and handles a variety of trademark related matters, including applications for registration, renewals, extensions, examiner’s reports, opposition proceedings, Section 45 proceedings, and infringement matters.
Prior to attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Victoria earned undergraduate degrees in music and political science from McGill University. Victoria has spoken on many panels at music, film and new media conferences, and has led several seminars on the ins-and-outs of entertainment law for artists and creators. Victoria is an avid flute and piccolo player and is currently President of the Board of Directors for Opera 5, a Toronto-based independent opera company.