January 14, 2004  Appeals filed in private copying decisionSeveral parties have filed applications for judicial review with the Federal Court of Appeal asking the court to re-examine the Copyright Board of Canada’s private copying decision (CNM, Dec. 19/03). As expected, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) is asking the court to clarify the board’s decision to declare the zero rating scheme illegal. Late last month, the CPCC had asked the board to clarify its position, but the board refused to do so. Members of the Canadian Storage Media Alliance and the Retail Council of Canada are also seeking judicial review of the decision on the basis of such considerations as the constitutionality of the private copying regime, and the contribution the system might make toward creating a grey market. Canadian NEW MEDIA will have full details in its issue next week.Archambault to launch online tunes shopArchambault Group Inc. will launch its new online music store on Friday, January 16 in Montreal, as reported in Canadian NEW MEDIA last month (CNM, Dec. 4/03). No details about the service are available, though it is safe to guess the online store will feature Quebec artists prominently.CRIA lays groundwork for music piracy suitsThe Canadian Recording Industry Association has chosen 40 Canadian IP addresses to target with music piracy suits, the National Post reports. The story indicates that the association has not gathered any personal information on the addresses. That will only be possible when a court has ordered those individuals’ ISPs to make that information available. There are still few details on what provisions of the Copyright Act will be used to sue the individuals, or what damages the music labels will be seeking (CNM, Dec. 19/03).Public spending on culture risesStatistics Canada reports that federal spending on culture surpassed $3 billion for the first time ever in 2001/02. All three levels of government, combined, spent $6.8 billion in the same period, an increase of 7.6% from 2000/01. That marks the fourth consecutive year in which spending on culture rose. Broadcasting ate $1.4 billion worth of the pie, while the sound recording industry received just $17.2 million in federal assistance.New push made on Internet awarenessThe Media Awareness Network (MNet), Bell Canada and Microsoft Canada have launched a new initiative to raise Internet safety awareness for kids, the Be Web Aware program. The campaign consists of a web site, public service announcements on television, radio, in print publications, and on outdoor media. TV and radio spots will run until April, and prints ads will run until the end of March. All creative for the spots and web site were designed and donated by MacLaren McCann and Corus Entertainment’s interactive division.CinéRoute set to go onlineCanadian NEW MEDIA has learned that the National Film Board’s CinéRoute will soon be made available to Canadians over the commodity Internet. The service, which offers on-demand streaming films, has hitherto only been available via the CA*Net 4 to universities (CNM, March 8/01). CNM will have full details in its issue next week.