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Michael Geist's Blog

Do As We Say, Not As We Do

The IGP Blog reports that WIPO has entered the cybersquatting business, registering a domain name when there was a clear pre-existing trademark in the domain for another firm.  Meanwhile the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Canadian Intellectual Property Council is drawing the ire of McGill's Innovation Partnership.  Last year, an international team based at McGill released a major study on IP called Toward a New Era of Intellectual Property: From Confrontation to Negotiation.  The study has drawn criticism from groups like the Chamber of Commerce.  While they didn't like the content, the title apparently sounded good.  Its latest study (discussed here) is titled A Time For Change: Toward A New Era for Intellectual Property Rights in Canada.
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Canadian MPs Not Masters of their Domains

The Toronto Sun reports that two Canadian MPs - Conservative Keith Ashfield and Liberal Roger Cuzner - failed to re-register their domain names and now find them being used by domainers.

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RIP! A Remix Manifesto To Hit Screens Across Canada

RIP! A Remix Manifesto is an exceptional Canadian film by Brett Gaylor that has been winning awards at film festivals around the world.  The film hits the big screen in Canadian cities over the next few weeks, including Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Calgary.  Learn more at the National Film Board site or become a remixer at Open Source Cinema.
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Terry McBride on the Music Industry

The Future of Music posts another great interview with Nettwerk's Terry McBride on the future of music, including the reason for dropping DRM and the importance of mobile applications and smart phones to the industry.

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