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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. ยง 512(c).

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

Youtube/VEOH Fix For Canadians

Just thought I’d post this tidbit for Canadians who are having problems accessing videos on Youtube and Veoh.

I’ve been encountering an error for over a day on Youtube resulting in this message on all videos : “An error has occurred. Please try again later.”

This problem can be bypassed by using Google’s Public DNS Server.

The above linked site contains instructions on using this server for Microsoft Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux users.

Instructions on configuring Windows Microsoft XP, Windows 7 and other versions of Linux can be found by clicking here.

Platinum Blonde On Tour

80’s rockers Platinum Blonde are back on tour :

May 8th, 2010 – Cobourg, Ontario
Park Playhouse & Performance Center
May 24th, 2010 – Oshawa, Ontario
General Motors Center
May 28th, 2010 – Peterborough, Ontario
The Montreal House

Platinum Blonde

a-ha will be no more

Having lost track of this Norwegian band after the release of their Lifelines icon album in 2003, I hadn’t heard that the band was going to officially split up at the end of this year, two years short of their 30th anniversary.

Apparently their latest release, Foot Of The Mountain, was quite the success in Europe and the trio had decided to go out with a bang, appropriately naming their final tour the “Ending On A High Note Tour“.

Not only was the album critically acclaimed but it topped the German charts, reached #2 in Norway and had debuted in the United Kingdom charts at #5 last summer.

It’s rather sad to see this pop institution go, Take On Meicon being one of the best known music videos of the MTV generation, followed closely by The Sun Always Shines On TVicon.

These videos, along with the videos for Train Of Thought, Hunting High And Low and their incredible cover of The Everly Brothers’ Crying In The Rain aired quite frequently on Canadian music video networks Much Music and Musique Plus from the mid 80’s to mid 90’s.

But of course these stations had pretty much dropped most of their music videos by the time Forever Not Yours and Lifelines were released in 2002 so their Lifelines icon album didn’t chart higher than the 28th position here in Canada at the time. And this album had topped the charts in Norway, Germany, Latvia and Estonia.

Actually, I don’t even remember hearing anything from Analogue (All I Want) on the radio when it was released in 2005, which was the band’s first UK top ten hit since 1988.

Well, at least Toronto residents will be lucky to see them perform live for one last time on May 10th at Massey Hall. I understand tickets are still available for the gig.

a-ha

Free Music Downloads Via iCoke

Just thought I’d post this tidbit of info :

Canadians can redeem iCoke Points for music downloads from chooseyoursongs.com, in increments of five download credits for 5000 iCoke points.

Specially marked Coke, Sprite and Nestle products contain codes that can be redeemed online at icoke.ca for 500 to 1000 points each individual product purchase.

Basically you get 500 points per individual specially marked 591 ml or 2 L Coca Cola, Coca Cola Zero, Diet Coke product purchase, 500 points per individual specially marked 591 ml Sprite product purchase and 1000 points when you purchase specially marked 12 packs of Nestle iced tea (Zero and Green Tea versions included).

If you join iCoke’s mailing list you can also redeem 3500 points instead for this 5 song download credit package.

Please note that to redeem the points and download the music you will need to register at iCoke and chooseyoursongs.com. And the later is mostly limited to Universal Music Canada artists so you should probably browse the site.

LOTR on Blu-Ray Tomorrow

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy will be released tomorrow on Blu-Ray, though I should mention that these are the theatrical releases and not the Special Extended Editions, whose Blu-ray release date is unknown at the moment.

Amazon.com states that the extended trilogy will be made available in 2011 or 2012, though I suspect they will release it during this year’s Christmas holiday period.

The first installment of The Hobbit films is scheduled for release in 2011 according to IMDB.com and they could easily use the release of the extended version on Blu-Ray to build up a summer release of the first Hobbit film.

But of course this is speculation on my part and the press release scheduled for release tomorrow might shine some better light on the subject.

Having not upgraded to Blu-Ray yet i’m not in a rush to get the Blu-Ray release of the extended versions. And I am quite content in watching the special edition DVDs upconverted until it is released.