Archive for June, 2007

Google’s Black Box

The NY Times features an inside look at Google's race to stay ahead in search.

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June 3, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canada’s Anti-Camcording Bill

As expected, the federal government introduced Bill C-59, its anti-camcording legislation on Friday (coverage from CBC, CTV, Canwest, Toronto Star, Globe). The bill creates two amendments to the Criminal Code:

  • The recording of a movie in a movie theatre without the consent of the theatre's manager, punishable by up to two years in jail.
  • The recording of a movie in a movie theatre without the consent of the theatre's manager for the purpose of selling, renting, or other commercial distribution of a copy of the recording, punishable by up to five years in jail.

The Globe is reporting that the bill may fast track through the House without any hearings – literally in a matter of minutes – despite a clear need to review the law for potential amendment (for example, I would suggest that there is the need to add the word "knowingly" to the two provisions and suggest adding a reporting mechanism everytime the provision is triggered so that we can get a better handle on the scope of the problem).  Everyone would agree that no one credible supports illegal camcording.  Indeed, while the economic impact may be subject to debate, there is no doubt that the practice does real harm to the artistic merit of the film and thus harms the creators. That said, this bill troubles me for several reasons.

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June 2, 2007 20 comments News

Canadians Pay More for Apple’s DRM-Free Music

Joseph Thornley notes that Apple has announced that Canadians will pay 33% more for Apple's DRM-free music than U.S. customers.  While U.S. consumers pay 30 cents more per song, the Canadian price jump is 40 cents, despite the fact that the currency difference is now very small.

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June 1, 2007 3 comments Must Reads

The Power of Lobbying: How Hollywood Got a Canadian Movie Piracy Bill in Under Six Months

The Canadian government will introduce anti-camcording legislation today. Here's how it happened. Downloadable version here. 

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June 1, 2007 18 comments News

The Power of Lobbying: How Hollywood Got a Canadian Movie Piracy Bill in Under Six Months

A video discussing how anti-camcording legislation got introduced in Canada.

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June 1, 2007 Comments are Disabled Video