Music Industry

New Vinyl Plant & Store

Global News has just reported that a new record pressing facility will be opened in Calgary in a month.

Canada Boy Vinyl will also include a recording studio and records store.

Are You A Songwriter ?

Canadian songwriters have until February 29th, 2016 to submit their works to the Keys To The Junos Songwriting Contest. Click the video for details.

Spotify Sued, Again

Music Business Worldwide reports that Spotify is facing a second class action lawsuit over royalties.

The first was filed by Camper Van Beethoven songwriter and frontman David Lowery on December 28th, 2015 for US$150 Million and the second was filed by songwriter and publishing company owner Melissa Ferrick on January 8th, 2016 for US$200 Million.

The music streaming service is also in negotiations with the National Music Publishers Association in the states over their alleged failure to secure mechanical rights.

PonoMusic Now Online In Canada

Canadians can now purchase high quality music from the Pono store and the PonoPlayer from Amazon.ca in either black or yellow. And don’t forget to check the Black Friday deals at Amazon.ca.

Bad News For Betamax Fans

It looks like Betamax is officially dead, according to a Sony press release that was released today.

Yes, the video format was not killed off during the format Betamax/VHS war and actually lived on in the video production and broadcasting industries until digital video. But Sony has now decided to stop making their blank beta format videocassettes.

Unfortunately that means that some of you hardcore beta fans will no longer have easy access to blank videocassettes for your classic videotape cameras, including those micro MV video cassettes that you’ve used in the 90’s and early 2000’s. And although I don’t have an official Sony betamax videocamera it appears that i’ve used the format several times to film some of my older Youtube videos and have a few of the discontinued Sony micro MV videocassettes in storage.

My format of choice is now of course those digital SDHD cards but hard drive and solid state hard drive camcorders are getting more and more affordable as time goes by.

Rolling Up The Sleeves

So, the election results are in and now it’s time to start asking questions.

What parts of Bill C-51 will remain unaltered and what changes are to be expected under the new government ? Will Canadians be burdened with extra costs to implement these surveillance programs ? What measures will be taken to keep the data secure ?

Does the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement include further intrusions into our copyright ? Will the public be consulted in regards to the key provisions of this agreement prior to signing ? Will our recent reforms be bypassed and superseded by foreign entities and lobbyists ?

We will of course all need to wait until the next budget to know what investments the new government is planning for our digital strategy. But we should know who will be assigned to the key cabinet positions shortly.