The Hockey Theme 

In June 2004 Kevin Kemp was retained by Dolores Claman -  the composer of the Hockey Theme - to pursue legal action against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for copyright infringement. 

A Statement of Claim was issued against CBC in November, 2004 and, over the next several years the litigation proceeded through various examinations and interlocutory motions.  

On May 29, 2008 a mediation was conducted before former Ontario Superior Court Justice George Adams.  The mediation did not result in a resolution.

On June 4, 2008 Dolores Claman announced that the CBC intended to drop the Hockey Theme at the conclusion of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The extensive media coverage that followed included denials by CBC that it intended to drop the theme.  

On Monday June 9, 2008 CTV announced that it had acquired the exclusive rights to the Hockey Theme in perpetuity.



Statement of Claim issued November 17, 2004

Demand for Particulars dated January 5, 2005

Response to Demand for Particulars dated January 25, 2005

Statement of Defence dated February 7, 2005

Order of Mr. Justice Brown dated July 19, 2006

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