Digitization and the Internet continue to challenge business models, and as often happens with disruptive technology, it takes a long time for people to come to grips with all its ramifications.
Just over the past few days:
A Brussels Court ruled Google violated copyright laws by publishing links to Belgian newspapers without permission and ordered the company to remove them. Frankly, I don’t understand why a newspaper would not want a search engine to link to them. Don’t they want to be found?
Canadian Heritage (ie the Canadian government) released a report on the future of the Canadian music industry. It takes a candid tour of the history of music technology, and where it might be headed, and what models might work. DRM is not an option it supports.
Microsoft announced a new DRM for mobile devices called “PlayReady”
The Canadian Private Copying Collective, which administers the private copying levy, has asked the Copyright Board to increase the levy on blank CDs and add levies to memory cards and digital audio players. If the proposal was adopted, it would add a substantial cost to MP3 palyers lke the iPod, and to the storage cards we buy for cameras and other devices.