The Art of the START

Anyone contemplating starting their own business should take a look at a book called “Art of the START”. Portions of the book and details about the author can be found on the “Changethis” website. The book offers practical advice – such as creating a mantra instead of a mission statement. It has a section on “Freqently Avoided Questions”.

Thanks to Joel Adams, Associate Director, Economic Development The University of Western Ontario Research & Development Parks, for recomending this book.

The Art of the START

CD sales losses from downloading questioned

In an article in the Toronto Star, Professor Michael Geist uses CRIA’s own numbers to conclude that the Canadian music industry’s losses from music downloading are not as great as some claim. He goes on to suggest other reasons for CD sales declines, including DVD sales and changing consumer habits.

Meanwhile, a trial has stated in Australia against the owners of the Kazaa file sharing software for copyright infringement.

Read the Toronto Star article
Read a Washington Post article about Kazaa

Blogs a useful promotion tool

DAVID CANTON – For the London Free Press – November 27, 2004

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Blogging is now considered an innovative marketing tool that corporations can use to better service their customer, employee and supplier relations.

It’s no longer perceived as merely a medium where computer savvy techies share their daily thoughts with others with similar interests.

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In case anyone is desperate for a blog to read on these slow US holiday news days, I offer a couple of definitions you may not have heard of.

Microsoft Minute: That flexible and always changing unit of time used when your system tells you how much longer it will take to download or install something.

Oh No Second: That excruciatingly long period of time your panic lasts after realizing you have unintentionally and irrevocably clicked that button that sets in motion an unwanted action – such as sending that half written email to all your customers.

EPIC Privacy and Human Rights Survey

David Fraser reports on his PIPEDA and Canadian Privacy Law blawg this morning about the release of Privacy International and the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s seventh annual Privacy and Human Rights Survey. It details global threats to privacy and related civil rights. The report paints a bleak picture of the erosion of the right to privacy, and the increase in government intrusiveness.

Read the posting and the report

CIRA Whois policy consultation

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority has proposed a new WHOIS policy. Information on owners of domain names is now readily available using a whois search. CIRA’s proposal would limit the amount of information publicly available on individual registrants. Privacy concerns are one of the drivers.

CIRA is inviting comments on the proposed policy any time prior to January 15.

While I have not yet read the proposed policy in detail, one concern is the availablity of that information for legitimate purposes – such as locating an owner of an unused domain name for possible purchase, or finding the owner of sites that may violate the rights of others.

See the CIRA website for details.

Medical privacy now law

DAVID CANTON – For the London Free Press – November 20, 2004

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Ontario’s new law on the privacy of health information will affect every person in the province.

The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), which became law Nov. 1, applies to individuals and organizations involved in the delivery of health-care services.

Some organizations that may not consider themselves in the health-care sector will be subject to PHIPA — it reaches beyond the traditional hospital/doctor setting.

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MPAA sues movie file sharers

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has started to file lawsuits against those sharing movies on the Internet. This is similar to what the RIAA has done for songs. One article suggested one difference is that the MPAA is apparently going after people with only 1 movie, while the RIAA has focused on those with large numbers of songs.

In the “killing a fly with a sledgehammer” vein is their announcement that they are making software available that people can use to remove from their computers any file-sharing programs and infringing movies or music files. The problem is that file-sharing programs are not illegal. And no doubt the software determines their interpretation of what content is infringing – which may very well be much broader than others would define as infringing.

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Camera Phone Code of Conduct

Phones and pda’s containing cameras are becoming very common. They cause concern for some because they can be discretely used to take photos. Some gyms, for example, have banned them from locker rooms.
The Consumer Electronics Association has published a Camera Phone Code of Conduct. It is a good guide to follow – or perhaps for businesses to adopt for their employees – whenever using cameras of any kind.

CEA Camera Phone Code of Conduct