Consumer Information

Liberals Respond To iPod Tax / Bill C-32

It appears that the Liberal Party do not support the so called iPod Tax after all, according to a press release found on their web site.

Like the conservatives they do not see any future for such levies. The Liberals would rather “introduce a new Private Copying Compensation Payment of $35 million to be transferred to Canadian artists each year, through the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC)” according to the press release.

The funds for this compensation, for “uncompensated downloads”, would not come from ISPs or from a levy, the party having recognized that the consumer wants neither.

They also recognized the bill’s digital locks provision restricted the consumer’s ability to make personal copies of material they’ve purchased and would alter this provision to allow copies for personal use.

The other general alterations they propose are the clarification of the definitions of “fair use”, specifically the education use and “mash-up” provisions. They want educational institutions to qualify for the exemption.

Bill C-32 has been referred to a Legislative Committee headed by Gordon Brown, MP for Leeds—Grenville (Ontario).

Please contact your local Member Of Parliament to voice your comments and concerns in regards to the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act.

Thank you.

Suggested Mailing Dates For Canadians

Free Shipping - Dec 10 - 12 Have you shipped your gifts yet ? Click here for Canada Posts’ suggested mailing dates. And note that if you’re shipping from a retailer that they have their own processing times as well.

BTW, don’t forget to read my post about Free Shipping Offers For Canadians.

Limewire Plans Scrapped

Limewire is no more.

The company has confirmed that they will cease their operations on December 31st, scrapping their plans to offer legal music services.

Their agreements with several independent labels and distributors will be dissolved.

Discounted Music Downloads

Canadian Mastercard users can save 25% off purchased of 10 Tracks or more from Choose Your Songs, a site that contains the most popular Universal Music tracks off Puretracks.

I don’t know when it expires but the promo code for this offer is MASTERCARD25OFF.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday in Canada ?

Several Canadian online stores have decided to have Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday sales.

Like their American counterpart Amazon.ca has decided to have both a Black Friday sale and Cyber Monday sale. Amazon.com had already begun their sales, including a DVD sale I might be taking advantage off because of our strong dollar. But the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales at Amazon.ca will only begin at Midnight, Pacific Time, on November 26th, 2010.

Computer and electronics retailer Tigerdirect has also decided to follow their American site’s lead and have Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales of their own. And I’m assuming Best Buy’s Canadian operations will offer their version as well shortly.

I guess I’ll be busy looking at sales this weekend. 🙂

Update: Sears Canada has also decided to have a Black Friday Sale: Electronics Extravaganza!. I’m browsing the site as I’m posting this message. And no, their specials are not limited to electronics.

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Cineplex Now Offering Online Movie Rentals

Film rentals and purchases are now available to Canadians via the Cineplex store site, some of them discounted, or even free, with Scene point redemption.

But to view this content you will need to install the Cineplex Media Manager, which is not available yet for Mac and Linux machines, and have Windows Media Player 11 installed.

The content downloaded from this web site is therefore limited to Windows machines (Windows XP SP2/newer, Vista or 7), Plays for Sure devices that can sync a 1500K video and the Xbox 360.

The site states they will be expanding their compatibility shortly.