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-- News of it has gone almost unnoticed in the U.S., so you may not know the Canadian government is consulting on copyright in advance of new copyright legislation. Discussion has been robust, thoughtful (usually) and quite interesting to watch from south of the border. Now, Industry Minister Tony Clement has hinted a new copyright bill could come in Spring 2010 rather than before the end of 2009. (Michael Geist)

-- Nielsen describes America's generation gap and explained some differences that marketers should note. Example: Younger persons spend somewhat lower amounts of time online from home in an average day, but are the strongest adopters of other forms of technology-such as the mobile telephone. In 2008, the average teenager sent or received over 35,000 text messages a year-about one message every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That's 163 times more than the average person aged 65+." (Nielsen)

-- CD pirates have been taking it on the chin due to harsher anti-piracy laws in Australia. One music and movie store owners was sentenced to jail for 15 months for selling pirated CDs. A supplier of pirated CDs plead guilty to 32 counts last week and faces sentencing on September 7. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Warner Music Ireland's 2008 profits grew 70% to €713,615 on revenue of €10.26 million, according to accounts filed with the government. (Irish Times)

-- A common strategy in online marketing is to direct all impressions (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.) to the artist's .com. It's key to capturing direct-to-consumer sales and is the best route to cultivating a deep relationship with fans. One problem is that musicians spend a great deal of time managing content - uploading MP3s and pictures, entering tour dates, updating news and bio information. Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, outlines a type of service an ISP could offer musicians: The artist's .com is the one and only place information is entered. The ISP then disseminates that information throughout the Internet. "That way, any new music websites could launch with instant access to thousands of musicians, with the most up-to-date info, and not need to host any of the audio, images, or text on their site. Everything be pulled real-time from your site using the API." (Music Think Tank)

-- The latest news on the Pirate Bay is only tangentially related to its possible acquisition by Global Gaming Factory. The Swedish government has confiscated some assets of GGF's CEO to help satisfy a claim for back taxes owed. This development may not have any impact on GGF's quest to acquire the Pirate Bay - investors already have plenty of reasons for cold feet - but the timing couldn't be better for skeptics of GGF and its planned business model. (ZeroPaid)

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