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Mocumentary: EPIC 2014 and the "history" of the future of media

Journalists Robin Sloan (Current, a San Francisco cable news channel) and Matt Thompson (Fresno Bee) have come up with a novel way of sharing their views on the future of the news media. EPIC 2014 is a “mockumentary”, a mock documentary that takes place in the year 2014 where “20th century news organizations are an afterthought” and the venerable New York Times is read only by the “elite and the elderly”. The eight-minute piece, produced by the fictional Museum of Media, is aimed at people who want their news bites in headline format, and at those who find the current “string of scandals and credibility problems” a turn-off. Have a look at EPIC 2014 and at a new short section that takes this history up to 2015.

Study: Falling CD sales can't be blamed on P2P

This CNET article by Andy McCue includes:

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said Monday that digital music piracy is a problem, but other factors--such as the rise in the number of entertainment sources--are more likely to have had a significant impact on music sales.

Major book publishers promoting "theft"?

This Globe and Mail article by Marina Strauss includes:

Major book publishers are preparing to boost their business by selling directly to consumers from their websites, a move that has booksellers spooked about being squeezed by their own suppliers.


"It sets a dangerous precedent," says Pat Joas, manager of the University of New Brunswick Bookstore in Saint John and president of the Canadian Booksellers Association. "At the very least, we can assume that it's going to threaten the livelihood of many booksellers," she says.

Following this along CRIA/CAAST-like logic, these competing websites harming the livelihoods of booksellers must be "theft" and the booksellers can go to Heritage to get protectionist legislation passed...

Come On Music Biz, Embrace P2P

A Wired article by by Bruce Gain includes:

PARIS -- File-swapping networks alone are not to blame for the recording industry's woes and might plausibly be converted into legitimate channels for distributing music, one of Europe's most influential economic bodies has concluded.

In a report issued Monday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development -- a Paris-based alliance of developed nations -- also suggested that it's difficult to establish a link between piracy and the music industry's shrinking revenues.

Read OECD study.

Domain Name Dispute Puts Dot-Ca in the Spotlight

In his weekly Law Bytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version), Michael Geist focuses on the recent Canadian parliamentary discussion on domain name disputes. As discussed about ten days ago, the impetus for governmental interest in domain name disputes and Internet governance is the registration of several domain names bearing the names of sitting Members of Parliament by the Defend Marriage Coalition, an opponent of same-sex marriage legislation.

Dangerous precedent set by Minnesota appeals court on encryption software

To add to the times when Judges need a clue-train, a Minnesota appeals court ruled 3-0 that the trial judge was correct to rule that the presence of encryption software on a computer may be viewed as evidence of criminal intent. This is about as sensible as suggesting that the existence of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA ) is evidence of the criminal intent of all Canadians.

Encryption software is a critical part of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and should not be seen as any more unusual than the owner of a house owning keys that can -- oh, no -- lock the doors when they leave the house.

Domain name registration system discussed by MP's

A few members of parliament discussed Use by Others of Website Names of Members of Parliament on June 2, 2005. An organization opposed to same-sex marriage applied for and is using domain names including names of MPs as part of their campaign.

Linux ISO Torrents

If you're on the hunt for Linux ISO Torrents you might want to check out the long list of recently released distro torrents over at They've got frequently updated torrents from A (Arch) to Z (Zen). The site only does one thing, but does it well - helps you get the latest Linux distros downloaded via BitTorrent, quickly.

Task Force Report a Roadmap for Canning Canadian-Based Spam

Michael Geist's weekly column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version, provides some additional thoughts on the final report. He notes that the report recommends the establishment of a new anti-spam law with an opt-in system as its cornerstone. This approach would distinguish the Canadian law from its U.S. counterpart, which contains only an opt-out requirement. Corruption and alliances News View:- This morning the Ottawa Business Journal published an article describing the latest misinformation from the Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft (CAAST). CAAST claims that 36 per cent of the software used in Canada last year was "pirated". In their own press releases they suggest that "CAAST has worked closely with its counterparts in the recording and motion picture industries in a collaborative effort to help enforce strict legislation regarding copyright infringement".

It's important to put these self-called "software piracy studies" and related lobbying efforts in their proper context.

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