Archive for January 7th, 2009

Canadian Digital Music Sales Growth Beats The U.S. For Third Consecutive Year

Nielsen Soundscan released the Canadian music sales figures for 2008 today and for the third straight year it sings the same tune — Canadian digital music sales are growing faster than the United States.  That's right – for digital music sales the market without the DMCA has grown faster each […]

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January 7, 2009 13 comments News

Apple Drops DRM For iTunes Music

While the writing has been on the wall for a long time, Apple announced yesterday that it is dropping DRM for music from all four major labels.  As I told the Globe and Mail, this decision continues to shift away from the failed strategy of locks and levies, though the […]

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January 7, 2009 11 comments News

Creative Commons Licensed Album Amazon’s 2008’s Top MP3 Seller

The Creative Commons blog notes that Nine Inch Nail's Ghosts I-IV – which was freely available under a CC license – was the best selling MP3 album on Amazon in 2008. 

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January 7, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

200,000 Pirated DVDs Seized From Toronto Malls

The Toronto Star reports that police seized more than 200,000 illegal DVDs in three GTA malls in a series of raids that began in October.

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January 7, 2009 4 comments Must Reads

Is Throttling Necessary?

CBC's Search Engine has a great podcast that tries to answer the question that will dominate the CRTC's net neutrality hearing – is throttlng actually necessary?

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January 7, 2009 2 comments Must Reads