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IPOsgoode @IPilogue Post: ‘A Tidal Shift for the Digital Economy?’

“A decade and a half since music industry titans like the rock group Metallica launched legal action to shut down the largest (unauthorized) distributor of recorded content, the ways that fans and audiophiles are able to access music and other cultural resources appear, once again, to be in flux. 2015 has already seen the headline-grabbing launches of two new music streaming services backed by major players with deep pockets: Tidal, spearheaded by recording artist and serial entrepreneur Jay Z; and Apple Music, the revamped music service offered by the world’s most valuable company. These services are set to compete with the streaming music sector’s dominant player, Spotify, and a host of others and, in doing so, may serve as an indication of where the broader digital economy is heading as it continues to evolve.” 

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New @IPilogue Post: ‘Users’ Rights and Realities: CCH, Fair Dealing, and the Experiences at Canadian Cultural Institutions’

“Recent research is shining a new light onto the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) decision that is said to have ‘reconceptualized’ fair dealing as an integral part of copyright law in Canada (Craig, p. 449). During a 29 September 2014 lecture in the IPOsgoode Speaks Series, Dr. Emily Hudson, the Career Development Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at the University of Oxford, questioned the prevailing legal and academic perceptions of the CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada (2004 SCC 13) judgment in a research presentation entitled: ‘Copyright Exceptions as Users’ Rights? An Empirical Critique’.”

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Feature @IPilogue Post: ‘Making the @CBCRadioCanada’s Giant Castle More User-Friendly’

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“The culture industries appear to be at a crossroads. Shifting advertising practices as well as audience viewing and consumption habits continue to contribute to new challenges and opportunities for media and entertainment providers throughout the world. With its new “A Space for All of Us” strategy, Canada’s national public broadcaster – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada (CBC/Radio-Canada) – is facing hard choices while looking to rethink how the Corporation serves Canadians in an increasingly digitized information and entertainment landscape. By opening up CBC/Radio-Canada to the people that it’s mandated to serve, Canada’s national public broadcaster can reaffirm and build off of the Corporation’s impressive legacy by contributing to the country’s cultural consciousness.”

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New @IPilogue post: “Canadians #TalkTV: The Question Surrounding Digital Content Licensing”

“For the past month the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been attempting to open its policy and regulation processes to the Canadian public. On October 24, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais launched A Conversation with Canadians with speeches and discussions at the Université Laval and Ryerson University. As Mr. Blais stated during his presentation at Ryerson, this conversation is designed to ensure that Canada’s future television regulatory framework is “dynamic, adaptive, and sustainable.”

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I Still Remember The First Time that I Saw Public Enemy…

… at Canadian Music Week on in 2007.

Falvor Flav nearly jumped on my hand but I got these photos and a night I won’t forget.

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Congratulations on a much deserved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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