Canada Post’s New Outlet Concept

Canada Post is now offering more secure options via their new outlet concept stores in Richmond (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta) and Vancouver (British Columbia).

These stores have drive-thru parcel pickup services, free wi-fi, changing rooms and vending machines that sell stamps, prepaid envelopes and anything you need to ship 24/7 – Great for anyone that wants to shop and ship at all hours of the night.

People who have issues with “porch bandits” can also use these new concept stores or the existing self-service options found at the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal post offices listed on the Canada Post statement.

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Student discount

Are you a college or university student? There’s a Amazon Prime offer for students, for six months free and 50% off afterwards.

Enjoy.

Another Cash Grab?

The Copyright Act is being reviewed by the Canadian Government and some Canadians are of course concerned that this will include an extension of private copying levies to cell phones and the possibility of websites being blocked for minor copyright violations.

Unfortunately the government has been pretty quiet about this since their December 17th, 2017 press release and I didn’t want to speculate. But a line in the sand needs to be drawn, regardless of what is and isn’t being considered in the closed door meetings they might be having with foreign lobbyists.

I don’t think cell phones should be subject to the private copying levy because streaming is the preferred method of obtaining music on this device according to Music Canada, some customers listening to radio on these devices. And the possibility of having my site blocked because I accidentally linked a site that decided to offer pirated music is just absurd but these kind of proposals have been made in other countries.

This isn’t about giving artists more of their dues but giving labels more money. And streaming is where the improvements are needed when it comes to royalties for artists, so I see no point in levying cell phone storage.

The Copyright Board proposed levying hard drives and microSD memory cards in 2014 but that propose was rejected because a “recording audio medium” is defined by Part VIII, Section 79 of the Copyright Act as “a recording medium, regardless of its material form, onto which a sound recording may be reproduced and that is of a kind ordinarily used by individual consumers for that purpose”.

A cell phone’s primary function is communication, not the receipt, storage and playback of music. And this device is also used to take and view photographs and videos.

It makes no sense to levy this device for royalties for music and nothing else. And this slippery slope is not advantageous for consumers, who would object to paying levies for storing photographs, video and games on their new smartphone, or tablet.

I don’t like being gouged on data fees so I don’t listen to music, watch videos or play video games on mine now. And I seriously doubt i’d enjoy paying more for a newer model, for services I wouldn’t use.

Do we really want to burden the cell phone industry with this? And when it comes to blocking, this can be bypassed with Virtual Private Network services, so is the government going to go after those as well in the name of copyright?

VPNs are used by people who travel and use public wi-fi, for security reasons. Do we really want to loose access to this service over piracy? When a sharp decline in music piracy was observed in 2017 by Music Canada?

A form has been made available by Open Media to provide comments to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on these issues.

Please submit this form and share this link and your opinions on social media before September 17th, 2018. Thank you.

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What a Month!

As you can see by my lack of posts i’ve had one stinker of a month, most of which I will not talk about here. But I will update the Solartab C & IndieGoGo issue that i’ve discussed previously on this blog.

To recap, in late 2016 I contributed to a crowdfunding project on IndieGoGo, a site that I have linked in the past that offered new, innovative music based products. And unfortunately the original shipping date for the product came and went due to multiple alleged delays with the Chinese manufacturers.

Basically I contributed to a company that was based in San Fransisco, that suddenly moved to Hong Kong and then disappeared shortly after a issuing a statement in May 2018 saying they were about to ship the two solar panel chargers I had chosen as my perks.

When I contacted IndieGoGo for additional contact information for my complaint to the Attorney General of the State of California, I was referred to the official Solartab C site, which was no longer there by mid 2018. And of course IndieGoGo does not issue refunds, instead referring complainants back to the crowdfunding project for pretty much everything.

So, i’ve filled up the form to the Attorney General of the State of California, which was received a few days ago, and am now no longer posting links to crowdfunding campaigns from IndieGoGo on this blog, or anywhere.

I am considering filing a complaint with the FTC over this so that I can give my credit card company references in regards to this issue and will likely contact PayPal for an official response, that I will forward to both my credit card company and possibly Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

I’ve had an experience with PayPal in 2005 and have read their policies so I know they would simply tell me to get a refund from IndieGoGo, whose response i’ve already received.

Well, there you have it. I’m just compiling responses and waiting for a class action suit to get on to get a few bucks back.

Maybe my credit card company might consider what happened but I’m ready to file if they don’t.

Buyer Beware. Don’t accept delays when it comes to crowdfunding. Get your money back immediately.

Music Book Offers & More

Indigo’s 5X Plum Point Offer may be expiring on the 12th of July, 2018. But their Free Shipping Offer On Books continues, all summer with no minimums. This would be a great opportunity to purchase music biographies, sheet music collection, music theory and other instructional books.

Prime Day will also happen on the 16th and 17th on Amazon.ca, so keep an eye out for deals on books, music, musical instruments and turntables. To get a free trail membership, click on the banner below.

Please note that a Buy 2 Get One Free offer on paperbacks is also available from American retailer Barnes & Noble. This offer will end on July 31st, 2018.

Ontario Scalping Law on Hold

The current Ontario provincial government has placed the Ticket Sales Act on hold, pending review.

This new law would have been active on Canada Day and would have regulated the resale of tickets in the province of Ontario, as described by this October 6th, 2017 blog entry.