Erin Finlay

General Counsel, Access Copyright
Toronto, Ontario

Erin Finlay is the Director of Legal and Government Relations and General Counsel at Access Copyright, where she is responsible for all risk management, litigation and corporate-commercial matters. Erin also manages all facets of government relations and advocates on behalf of the organization and the 10,000 Canadian author and publisher affiliates it represents with all levels of policy makers, political staff and the public.

Erin directs legal strategy and is responsible for the project management and prosecution of litigation matters, including intellectual property enforcement actions, complex tariff-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada and related judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Appeal and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Erin is also the principal of Finlay Law, a boutique firm that specializes in copyright, entertainment and corporate/commercial law, arts and cultural policy. Through specialized services, Erin provides artists, musicians, authors, publishers and cultural businesses with all the legal, advocacy and policy advice and services they require to do what they do best: create, produce and distribute the books, music and shows we love.

Previously, Erin worked as an intellectual property and advocacy lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where she represented authors, publishers, musicians, creators, artists, producers, broadcasters, film and television clients in a broad range of copyright, media and other commercial matters. Her expertise spans a wide scope of copyright issues, including orphan works, enforcement litigation, copyright reform and the changing role of copyright in the digital environment.

Erin is a graduate of Queen’s Law, and obtained her LLM (specialization in intellectual property law) from Osgoode Hall Law School.