19 04 2010

Due to increased traffic, I’ve migrated to a hosted wordpress setup. You can now read me at: www.marketingtoculture.com. I thank you for paying attention to what I have to say. I hope you can join me in my new home.




Canadian Recording Industry faces a $6 Billion Lawsuit!

9 12 2009

What an ironic situation! The Canadian Recording Industry faces a $6 Billion lawsuit.

Unfair copyright laws have been affecting a lot of us and there has been a lot of conversation around copyright reform lately, especially here in Canada. However, traditionally, the recording industry has been heavily in favour of excessively long term copyright laws as it allows them to claim royalty on tracks produced decades ago! The recording industry in the United States has managed to take its paws a step further, by suing and winning lawsuits against two consumers, who were each slapped with millions in damages.

Now, the recording industry itself is being sued and if charges allocated in previous lawsuits (against consumers) are to be taken as a benchmark, the recording industry could owe Chet Baker’s estate close to $6 Billion.

What an ironic situation…although I would have preferred if this had taken place in the U.S – just to make a point.


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Canada – you don’t get the Kindle! …well at least not yet.

11 10 2009

Here’s a great link to an editorial from Globe and Mail (published Oct 9, 2009) titled:

Canada’s stumbling blocks

I agree with the author…the problem in Canada goes much beyond a disucussion around newer technologies making their way into the Canadian economy. The problem lies in policy making, in setting the right priorities in economic development. Canada’s heavy reliance and devotion to natural resources has robbed policy makers of interest in pushing innovation, cultivating competition and creating companies that can compete and stand their ground (not get bought out by yet another american firm) on a world stage.

Companies such as RIM don’t come around easily…unless something drastic is done about it!

Whats with google?

12 05 2009

I’ve been having problems with gmail for a few days now, and quite frankly I’m a little agitated. I’ve always commended google for knowing what consumers want and for being timely in changes and improvements, especially with gmail. The “undo send” button for example was such a great feature (introduced a few months ago)! Anyway, I hope google’s back on top of its game soon.

Its a beautiful world…

16 04 2009

I’ve been listening to “Beautiful World” (Rage Against the Machine) a lot lately and I thought I’d share the lyrics with you because it reminds us of something we must all never forget.
Renegades - Rage Against the Machine

It’s a beautiful world we live in
A sweet romantic place
Beautiful people everywhere
The way they show they care makes me want to say 
It’s a beautiful world
Oh what a beautiful world 
For you

It’s a wonderful time to be here 
It’s nice to be alive
Wonderful people everywhere

The way they comb their hair makes me want to say 
It’s a wonderful place 
Oh what a wonderful place
For you, for you, for you, for you, for you, for you, not me