Archive for January, 2009

Warner Music Demands Takedown Of Music Posted on Own Band’s Website

Consistent with my column this week on takedowns, Mashable points to an incident where Warner Music Group demanded the removal of a video posted to YouTube that was used by the band itself to promote its music.

Read more ›

January 26, 2009 3 comments Must Reads

Pirating the 2009 Oscars

Waxy posts data on the availability of unauthorized copies of Oscar-nominated movies.  The site finds that virtually all movies have been posted to file sharing networks and that the source for almost all of those movies are screener copies distributed by the studios, not poor quality camcorded copies that the […]

Read more ›

January 26, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

France Announces Subsidies for Print Industry

In light of the long list of government supports likely to be announced this week in the budget, it is interesting to see that France has unveiled a series of measures to support the print industry including a free one-year newspaper subscription for all French teenagers on their 18th birthday, […]

Read more ›

January 26, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Survey Finds Scientists Believe IP Protection Has Negative Effect on Biological Research

Nature Biotechnology has just published an article on the perceived effects of intellectual property protection for biological research.  The article involved a detailed survey of academic agricultural biologists on their perception of IP and research.  The authors' primary conclusion: Scientists believe that, contrary to the current consensus, proliferation of IP […]

Read more ›

January 23, 2009 6 comments News

Ottawa Announces $10.7 Million Digital Media Project

The federal government has announced plans to spend over $10 million to establish a "Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media" from Stratford to Kitchener.  Coming on the heels of the Nortel bankruptcy, this initiative reinforces the tech shift westward from Ottawa to Waterloo.  While tech leadership once resided with Nortel, […]

Read more ›

January 23, 2009 1 comment Must Reads