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Don’t Delay in Enforcing your IP

If your intellectual property is being infringed, do not delay in seeking a remedy. If you delay for too long, you may find yourself statutorily barred from proceeding with a claim. And remember: going to court is not an IP management strategy. That’s your last resort.

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Sony Music Pulls Recordings From SoundCloud

Sony Music just pulled down of its most popular recordings from SoundCloud – recordings from Hozier, Adele, MS MR (love them) and Passion Pit – due to a breakdown in licensing negotiations. The reason? Generally, a lack of monetization opportunities on the service. This breakdown in negotiations reveals an intriguing tension between the idea that SoundCloud is a “creator-driven” service but has now become a major global streaming service and distribution platform.

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Netflix can Solve Digital Music, part II

Netflix is one of the few global media companies with the ability to solve digital music through strategic bundling of product, services and content. The battle for our music streaming lives can be waged by Google, Apple, and Spotify. However, Netflix represents the dark horse in this race, and could only mount a reasonable prospect if bundled film and music in the right way. Oh, and before a competitor like Amazon gets to it first. Well,…

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Netflix can Solve Digital Music

If it wants to, Netflix can solve the problem of people not paying for music through bundling music with its movie and TV service. And music is ripe for bundling for several reasons. No one service is doing bundling well right now. Amazon is almost doing it with it’s Prime Music service, but it’s mainly a brick-and-mortar product distributor, not a dedicated content delivery service like Netflix (which now also produces content). And Apple’s iTunes service is clunky and outdated at best, and the a-la-carte download model is very 2010. And Apple is really the only other company who could make a significant dent in a play for bundling. But with a slick UI and some negotiations with the major labels, Netflix can catch Apple asleep at the wheel.

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Registering Your Copyrights

Should you register your copyrights? Probably.

Registering your copyrights with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) creates a presumption of ownership in the work, and serves as a time stamp for when the work was created. Most importantly, copyright registrations can be used in court as evidence of ownership. The process is easy, you don’t have to send anything in to CIPO, it costs $50 and can be done on-line. Once registered, your work will be listed in the publicly accessible CIPO Copyrights Database.