Consumer Information

HMV Digital Now Fully Online

HMV Digital Canada is now fully online. They had been beta testing their site for a while now and are now offering software that can sync music download purchases from the site into iTunes.

This site is of course Windows and Mac compatible.

ACTA – The State Of Play

The above is a 33 minute keynote address by Micheal Geist on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the lack of transparency in regards to the international negotiations taking place in regard to this agreement.

Youtube Wins

The United States District Court, Southern District of New York, has rules in Youtube‘s favor, against Viacom’s claims.

The court ruled that Youtube had taken sufficient measures to protect the copyrights of Viacom, in accordance to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, this site qualifying for protection from prosecution according to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c).

The ruling can be found by clicking here. And don’t forget to visit my Youtube channel.

Limewire Goes Legit & Google’s Music Plans

According to Digital Music News, Limewire will soon offer a legal Cloud-Based iTunes compatible music service to Americans.

This service will be available in late 2010 and will include an expansion of Limewire‘s store.

But Google will also be adding music downloads to their search engine later in the year according to the Wall Street Journal, of course enabling Americans to purchase music via their search engine.

Canadians will likely see a delay because our government is currently updating our Copyright Act with Bill C-32, whose implementation has been delayed by a scheduled adjournment of Parliament until September 30th, 2010.

The NMPA Sues Limewire

The National Music Publishers’ Association has filed suit against Limewire on behalf of eight of the association’s members.

The NMPA allege that Limewire had facilitated copyright infringement through its web application, as stated in their press release, dated June 15th, 2010.

The Recording Industry Association of America had successfully sued Limewire and is currently trying to freeze it’s assets, as of June 10th, 2010.

The music publishers represented in the lawsuit are EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Bug Music, MPL Music Publishing, Peermusic, and The Richmond Organization.

Music + More

Compact Discs and other products featuring additional material will shortly be labeled with a new logo.

In response to a 2009 survey, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers have decided to introduce a standardized logo for consumers to distinguish enhanced products and products that contain bonus material from standard CD releases.

Most CDs with bonus material contain statements in regards to this bonus content but I’ve already run into limited edition releases that were distinguished from the standard release by a slightly different color scheme or small text, which makes some releases indistinguishable from each other online.

The addition of this logo will facilitate my purchases of CDs with bonus material but this is an American group so the logos will probably just start showing up on American sites, like Amazon.com, until the Canadian retailer and label subsidiaries decide to adopt the logo.

I’m guessing that Amazon.ca will probably be the first to introduce the logo on their site because they basically share their American counterpart’s database, followed closely by Best Buy Canada.

Both Amazon and Best Buy were members of the Deluxe Product Workgroup behind the new logo, along with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group Distribution and WEA Corp.

For additional information on this new standardized logo, click here for Official NARM Site.