Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act

Stephan Dion announced today his new “tough on crime” platform. In it, he introduces the “Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act” to assist law enforcement in fighting crime. “This bill will allow the police and CSIS adapt to new communications technology. Telephone and internet service providers will be required, subject to vigorous privacy safeguards, to include […]

The Pirate Bay raid opens a can of worms

This week, Swedish police raided the ISP of a popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay. This is going to raise a firestorm for the Swedish Government because: The Pirate Bay is considered legal under Swedish law The US based MPAA has been trying to shut down the Pirate Bay with no success There is evidence […]

“Fans who share music aren’t thieves”

The Canadian Music Creators Coalition is stepping up to support fans being sued by the RIAA. CMCC members includes big name acts such as Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlin, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace and other notable Canadian artists. They have identified 3 principles to guide the copyright reform process: 1. Suing our fans […]

Which is a worse crime?

The DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which has been so badly abused in the last few years is undergoing a facelift. They’re making it worse! As the Inquirer points out, it puts these crimes into perspective. “The new law does send a very strange message as to what the government considers ‘bad’ in the 21st […]

Antitrust hits Apple

Noting that Apple has an 80% market share on legal music downloads, and 90% of the market share of portable music players, a judge in California has given the go-ahead for an antitrust suit against the Apple monopoly. Currently, you cannot play songs downloaded through iTunes on a non-Apple player, and you cannot connect your […]

Getting around the Regulators

The FCC regulator in the US has suddenly gone into high gear since the “Wardrobe Malfunction” incedent. Suddenly all live broadcasts are on delay, and the FCC is looking at every broadcast under a microscope. Nigel Wally propses a way around that using PVR’s. An Internet connected PVR, such as TiVO, or the PVR’s offered […]

Win a Spam Porsche

AOL is sharing the spoils of their lawsuits. A 2002 Porsche Boxster S, won in a settlement in their lawsuits against spammers is now the grand prize of an AOL sweepstakes launching today. When AOL launched its lawsuits against spammers, they went straight after the spoils of the spam business. “We’ll take cars, houses, boats, […]

Free iTunes Low-Tech Hack

Pepsi’s now infamous Superbowl commercial featuring 16 children that had been sued by the RIAA for file sharing has been pushing people to get free iTunes download codes from the cap of Pepsi bottles. Someone didn’t QA these bottles though. You can pick up a Pepsi bottle at the convenience store, tilt it, and see […]

It’s official! P2P Downloading is Legal!

Friday’s decision by the Copyright Board of Canada futher clarifies the 1999 ruling on Private copying, having a profound impact on the current campaign by the RIAA in the US to halt P2P sharing. The 1999 ruling introduced levies on blank analog and digital media such as cassette tapes and blank CD’s, compensating the artists […]

Sounding like a broken record

The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is now asking the Supreme Court of Canada to ask ISP’s to pay a royalty to them for the music downloads of their customers. Again, the question comes up of whether the ISP’s are responsible for the content that goes through their networks. They […]

CD’s and Nostalgia

Remember the days of vinyl? There was nothing quite like buying a brand new record, bringing it home and playing it for the first time. The sound on that first playing was so crisp and clear you felt like you were actually in the room. I used to DJ in my high-school days. The very […]

Build it and they will come

The recording industry has refused to believe that online music sales could work; that piracy was inevitable. Not so. Many people were pirating songs because they weren’t given a viable legal alternative. The recording industry’s assault on the P2P networks have made these services difficult to use. They have been flooding the networks with corrupted […]