Protection for file-shared content : Calgary start-up promises security, speed and low cost with new file-sharing platform

Digital Artisans Guild Inc (DAG) has teamed up with another Calgary company to bring teen wrestling to the Internet, using a new network technology that protects content rights. Myfileshare.com, a small R&D start-up with seven employees, says its proprietary PeerGenius software succeeds where companies like Napster have failed by creating a peer-to-peer experience where file sharing can be controlled by the content owner.

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Filament hires new president amid staff turnover at web marketing, design shop

The recent exodus of several high-profile staff at Filament Communications Inc isn’t indicative of larger problems at the Ottawa-based web company, according to its founder Alfredo Coppola. Two partners at the web site design and marketing shop and several high-level creative staff including a senior designer have resigned over the past five months. The company will also have a new president starting May 9, when former Corel and Hill and Knowlton executive Kim Dixon takes over from Ryan Barresi, who will continue on as CEO, Canadian NEW MEDIA has learned.

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JumpTV launches as both sides agree on Copyright Board timetable for tariff

After months of legal wrangling, JumpTV.com Canada Inc went live this week with eight television channels from around the world, but none from Canada. The ongoing copyright dispute over whether JumpTV has the right to retransmit local TV signals over the Internet means the company is so far limited to carrying European, Asian and some North American specialty TV channels for which it has licence deals.

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“Furniture Guys” lend celebrity names to Ottawa-based Internet video company

A start-up new media production company in Ottawa is hoping the addition of two celebrity how-to TV hosts to its board of advisors will help it crack the lucrative U.S. market for web videos. GetHow! Inc president and CEO Rob Woodbridge says the company has been flying under the radar until now, building its capabilities to plan, shoot, digitize and distribute Internet do-it-yourself shorts through shops such as Home Depot.

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Toronto IT professionals don’t expect hiring to slow in short-term, says CIPS

Hiring levels in Canada’s IT sector are expected to remain constant despite the recent economic turbulence, according to the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Information Processing Society. CIPS members who employ IT workers stated overwhelmingly in an email poll that their companies will likely increase in size or stay the same during the next 6-12 months. Several written comments indicate that companies have already downsized, or have frozen hiring until additional contracts are won. In other results, an overwhelming majority (88%) of respondents believe there will continue to be a shortage of good IT professionals, and 70% don’t see unemployment as a major issue facing IT professionals.

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Protection for file-shared content : File-based solutions to copyright infringement needed, says Jive Media

Toronto-based Jive Media Technologies Inc says it’s solved the dilemma of putting copyrighted material such as music videos online without relying on subscriber fees. While companies such as Napster struggle to find a way to encourage peer-to-peer file sharing without depriving content owners of rights payments, Jive says the answer is both simple and proven: free content files imbedded with paid advertising.

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