Ontario Enviroment Tax Not Really Gone

According to The Canadian Press the Ontario Government, taxpayers in that province will continue to pay for the program over the next three months. But not at the cash.

Apparently the opposition also believe the current government is attempting to find ways to bury the unpopular tax, which was dropped by Canadian Tire stores in Ontario after this company had learned that they had overcharged customers.

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.