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Media Beat: January 28, 2019

By David Farrell

Piracy notices coming to Canadians can no longer demand cash


The federal government has amended Canada's Copyright Act to clarify that piracy notices sent to Canadians can't demand cash. – CBC News

Trump blames media layoffs on ‘fake news and bad journalism’

BuzzFeed announced Friday it was firing about 200 people, 15 percent of its staff. Earlier in the week, Verizon’s media division, which includes HuffPost and Yahoo, reported 800 positions were in line for the chopping block. – Global News

Netflix’s alignment with the MPAA of America signals shift in priorities

As the lines between platforms and creators of original content continue to blur—think Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, and Spotify’s investment in original music—a newfound recognition of the inadequacies of the DMCA might finally lead to sensible updates to copyright law.

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Netflix: competition, not regulation, is the way to stimulate Canadian content

The popular streaming platform’s owners say it shouldn't be forced to pay into funds that are designed to support the creation of Canadian content, arguing that the country is better served by market competition than by regulating foreign online services.

"Numerous online distributors offer an abundance of content, including Canadian content, on demand, anywhere and any time to anyone with access to the open internet," a Netflix submission to a Canadian government committee says. – The Canadian Press

Apple launches news service in Canada this week

Apple News is set to officially release in Canada this week, according to The Canadian Press. The bilingual service will feature content from CBC, La Presse, CTV News and the Toronto Star. Additional sources are to be added. – The Canadian Press

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Tanya Tagaq Plays a Pivotal Role in 'True Detective' Season Finale

The Inuk artist provides vocals for the HBO series' soundtrack, and her song "Submerged" scores a pivotal moment in the season finale on which she appears as an actress.

The new season of True Detective wrapped up this weekend, and timed with the tense final episode, HBO also released the show's gripping soundtrack. Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq, one of the most celebrated contemporary musicians in Canada, contributed to seven songs on the soundtrack as well as making appearances in the show herself.

Subtitled Night Country, the fourth season of the HBO detective show takes place in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska. It stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, two police officers trying to figure out how the recent bizarre deaths of six scientists are linked to the murder of Iñupiaq activist Annie Kowtok. Through its mystery framing, the show explores themes like colonial violence, environmental destruction, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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