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Dystractions

You can bother Canadian Heritage Minister @mpjamesmoore with tweets about a Canadian DMCA or ACTA… cause he gets really snippy when you do.

R.I.P. Law & Order and Heroes… we thought you’d died long ago.

iPhone 4G found in Vietnam loves you long time.

Full Dysclosure

Rogers goes for the iPad data gouge, but doesn’t want you to “strike out” for file-sharing.

Mobilicity wants to compete against your landline provider.

Google Streetview has been Wardriving for four years.

Tony Clement’s ignored one public consultation about the net, now he wants to do another.

Do you like Facebook? Do you know Zynga? I bet you already hate them.

Steam comes to the Mac as gaming options open.

Grand Theft Auto in the Old West… it’s time for Red Dead Redemption!

Another Canadian hockey movie… shoot me!

Music

Belleau Woods from Toronto with their track “Bridges Be Burnin'”

Show Notes

Dystractions

Iron Man 2 opens to huge weekend, even with piracy concerns.

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore dystracts you with tweets to cover up Dysclosure.

Beavers in Space.

Full Dysclosure

Prime Minister sides with James Moore in Thunderdome-style fight with Tony Clement and a DMCA is on its way to Canada in the next 6 weeks.

Some early considerations on the potential impact of the Google Bookstore in Canada.

CRTC caves to Bell’s tiered internet demands.

iPad gets ships date to Canada and… Mike wants one now!?!

Music

from Ottawa – Captial Grass and the No Men with their track Last Burning Candle

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Full Dysclosure

UK’s Digital Economy Bill passes and will fail.

Digital Economy Bill Strategy is also coming to Canada.Was there something wrong with CopyCon?

Fuck Hollywood; put your money to better use.

Apple sucks sucks and sucks.

Zomg, 3dees @ teh crawsrodez!!1! Huffington Post fans click here.

Shout-Outs

We <3 Slug is Doug.We’d <3 you too if you left us a comment! ūüėÄ

Musical Guest

ParamedicsEmergency Response.

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Anthony does a rare shot of flying solo for 45 minutes without a seatbelt or flotation device.

Quick Show Notes

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Movies

Website of the Week

Music

from lovehatethings.com

Having the first few minutes at home, in front of my desktop, since attending the Copyright Town Hall Inc. Lobbying Mixer this past Thursday at the palatial Royal York Hotel in Toronto’s Financial District, I have decided to construct a blog post/submission to the copyright website all in one. And far be it from me to do anything normally, I thought I would use my words to poke some holes in the common myths that revolve around relaxed copyright legislation.

Myth One: Copyright is responsible for Canadian Culture

I can’t believe that I actually heard one of the record execs in Toronto essentially say that strong copyright laws lead to better corporate abilities to promote Canadian culture around the world. Are we to believe that major label music is to be the hallmark of Canadian culture? Do I really want Nickelback and Avril Lavigne to be what people in Suriname, Guyana, or Guatemala think of my country’s culture? Culture existed far before companies figured out how to monetize physical media, and it will always exist, even far after the death of an antiquated copyright system.

Myth Two: Copyright is responsible for creativity

Beyond the suits echoing the following sentiment, I can’t believe that so many so-called “artists” tried to assert that strong copyright laws and the ability to monetize content was the reason for their creative output. To say that you cannot afford to create anymore if you can’t make a living from it means one of two things:

1) You’re not an artist, but a craftsperson doing nothing more creative than an assembly line worker cranking out product for money, thus, when the money dries up, so does your “ability”.

2) You actually believe that someone OWES you a living for doing something you proclaim to LOVE doing. I have written music, plays, essays, articles, poetry for all of my adult life because I enjoy creating. Let me repeat that – I ENJOY CREATING! I wish I could make as much money writing and playing music as I do in my day job, but I’ve accepted reality and not stopped creating. And before you think you’re better than me at writing or music just because your output is marketable to the mainstream, and a suit wants to rake 98% of your money, get your head out of your ass.

Myth Three: Copyright protects content creators from getting ripped off

Copyright ensures that music creators will get ripped off by record labels. Most artists go deep in the hole when recording and need to sell tens if not hundreds of thousands of copies of a CD to get out of the red with labels. Labels know how to monetize the physical media platforms (like CDs) very well. They have not figured out how to monetize digital distribution systems. The “old school” way demands greasing palms of everyone and anyone connected with the industry to get radio play. A Creative Commons approach to copyright for musicians ensures all reasonable protections and allows for everyone online to find new ways to use and promote music – what a concept, public promotion instead of A&R departments!

But now anyone can record in their basement, and anyone can distribute online. Anyone has the viral video lottery shot that’s probably even higher than catching big with a label. The record labels are surely being propped up by multi-conglomerate properties that form the axes of big media evil that swallow up all that threatens their dominance. There is no reason to think that band who can sell 2000 copies of a CD at $5 online would be any worse off financially than selling 20000 copies for a major label. The abusive Chris Brown sold tens of thousands of copies of one song because of its misappropriation in a YouTube wedding video. Record labels sell dreams of celebrity that are slimmer than becoming a professional athlete.

Myth Four: Harsh copyright punishments will deter P2P theft

Harsh copyright punishments will infuriate half the population who uses P2P for downloading copyrighted and legally-shared files.

To use an analogy, the Queen Elizabeth Way highway between Hamilton and Toronto has a posted speed limit of 100kph. When traffic is not bottlenecked, cars in the fast lane average 120kph without repercussion because EVERYONE in that lane does it. Doesn’t necessarily make it right, but if the speed limit went up to 120kph, I bet the real speed would jump to 140kph. Drivers feel that they can drive safely above 100kph and, when weighing the value of the speed to their destination above the relative inability of authorities to choose to enforce the law, they choose to continue breaking it. Downloaders access copyrighted files for free because they don’t feel they get value for the $15-20 they are forced to spend on a CD when they’ve only heard one song on the radio, television, YouTube, or Blip.fm.

Myth Five: ISP throttling of bandwidth is a logical way to deter pirating

Let me borrow another analogy. In Miami, 90% of all open sea drug smuggling occurs via speedboat although all speedboats used for smuggling only account for a minuscule fraction of all the speedboats in Miami. The US Coast Guard decides to band speedboats from all waters in Florida and only authorizes former speedboat users to travel in canoes.

Sounds ridiculous?

This is exactly the logic that ISPs are using when throttling an internet users traffic just because they use a Bit Torrent client. There is no sense in the idea that because pirates use Bit Torrent clients, that everyone who uses a Bit Torrent client must be a pirate. To allow ISPs to throttle on the basis on a type of software is unfair to consumers and, most often, not ever told to the customer.

And this analogy is especially ridiculous if you believe the ISPs are throttling to protect copyright. Their prime motivation is to save bandwidth for themselves so they can nickel and dime customers that are bound their CRTC-enforced monopolies.

That’s my two cents on copyright reform, which is probably more than a musical artist signed to a major label makes when I but a copy of their song on iTunes.

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Show Notes

Full Dysclosure

Sad day in the Pirate Bay
Any Pirates in Hudson Bay – Canadian Reactions to the Pirate Bay case
US Democrat seeks to eliminate Bandwidth Caps
Facebook goes democratic?
Google take Movies to YouTube

Interview with Ryan Holmes, CEO/Founder Invoke Media, creator of Hootsuite.com and Ow.ly

Television
Are your favourite shows safe, doomed, or on the bubble.

Websites of the Week
Anthony – The Sesame Street Channel on YouTube
Mike – Playoffbeard.com

Music
Welcome White Whale Records to DyscultureD
The Mohawk Lodge – Wear ‘Em Out

Plus some reminiscences on the Miley Cyrus movie, Adventureland, and Hockey Night in Canada’s “iDesk”

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full dysclosure
Soon to be no “Mac” in MacWorld
RIAA – No longer serving, leaving that to those who provide service
“Digg”ing deeper into debt
Amazon – The e-Scrooge
Water, water…everywhere?

Television
Boxing up Boxed Sets for the TV Lover
Anthony stuffs:  Monty Python, Freaks And Geeks, Blackadder
Mike stuffs:  Sports Night, The West Wing, Arrested Development

Wheel of Pop
Music of 1986

Websites of the Week
Anthony: www.kiva.org
Mike: www.christmaslore.com

Music by Jonathan Coulton

Canadian Bill C-61 concerning protections from copyright infringement and harsh penalities for infringing on Digital Rights Management is brought to you by US lobbyists and Conservative Sith Lord, Jim Prentice.

To put it bluntly: the law, as it stands right now (while grey) seems to support the idea that downloading copyrighted material without paying the rights holder, or their agent, is actually not illegal as too many instances of this could fall under Canada’s version of fair use. Where the illegality starts to wander in, is when you share that content, either hand to hand or p2p. The new legislation, in addition to reworking “sharing” has some draconian concepts surrounding copying your own “paid for” media, which had previously been considered “owned” (at least in a limited way) by the person who bought it.

I can, before C61 passes, back up a copy of a DVD I purchase¬†to my hard drive and convert it to watch on my iPod nano for a flight to Vegas.¬†Under the new legislation if you rip from a DVD (that you bought) you’re a criminal. If you rip a CD that has any protection scheme on it whatsoever, (even though you own the CD) you’re a criminal. And the fines go into the hundreds and thousands of dollars.

One of the things Mike and I will talk about this week in our “49th Perpendicular” segment is the scary aspects of this bill and how it could impact even the casual consumer of digital media.

If you’d like to prime yourself for the conversation, I’d refer you to www.michaelgeist.ca or check out the series of “C61 in 61 Seconds” short videos that are being submitted to www.c61in61seconds.ca.

C61 in 61 Seconds by FairCopyright4Canada