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.


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

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024


The Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, Allison Russell Make the 2024 Polaris Music Prize Long List

The 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which awards $50,000 to the best Canadian record of the year features up-and-comers like punk group NOBRO and producer Bambii, plus rapper TOBi, and legends like Quebec group Karkwa and previous Heritage Prize winner Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Some of the country's biggest breakthrough artists are in contention for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

The 40-album long list was revealed today (June 11) at Sonic Boom record store in downtown Toronto. It features some of the buzziest names in Canadian music, from The Beaches — who were recently awarded Billboard Canada Women in Music's inaugural Group of the Year award — to Grammy-winner Allison Russell, to Canadian Hot 100 charting acts like Charlotte Cardin and Talk, to underground mainstays like Cindy Lee, who had an organic breakthrough this year with Diamond Jubilee.

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