February 26, 2004   Delvinia to launch online survey of new mediaDelvinia Interactive Inc. is launching a new media online survey on March 1 to study self-employed and freelance new media workers. The study, commissioned by the Cultural Human Resources Council, is being conducted to better understand the composition of this sub-set of the new media workforce and their skill needs. Freelancers are being offered the chance to win a $1,800 20-inch Apple flat screen display or $1,000 in cash for their participation. Alias awards $118,00 in software to design studentsAlias used the occasion of the Canadian Auto Show to hand out $118,000 worth of computer-aided design software to three students from Korea and China. The awards were presented for the best computer-generated presentations of concept cars for the year 2015 that most aptly reflected needs in each student’s country. The contest drew 67 entries from 20 design schools.Blast Radius exec named to Clio juryMauro Alencar, creative director at Vancouver-based Blast Radius, has been named to the jury of the Clio Internet Awards, and has also been selected to judge the One Show Interactive. The Clios are the preeminent awards for the advertising industry, and the One Show Interactive a contest for creative advertising.Digital Rooster seeing revenue from in-room advertisingToronto-based Digital Rooster.com Ltd. has begun to see strong revenue from sales and pre-sales of its in-room directory/advertising services, it says. The company has formed a partnership with a high-speed Internet access provider to offer streaming and information services as it moves from being solely an operator of adult web sites. No details of the company’s top-line boost are available.Access Copyright hunts illegal eBay sellerAccess Copyright (formerly known as CanCopy) has served a statement of claim requiring Tianning Chen to immediately stop selling illegally copied works worth an estimated $20,000 on eBay. The works, which include exam preparation materials, study guides and software manuals, are owned by publishers including McGraw Hill Ryerson, Pearson Education, and John Wiley and Sons Canada. Chen is accused of selling CDs that contain multiple titles for anywhere from $8.99 to $118.99. “We are committed to stopping illegal copyright, and that includes electronic copying sold over the Internet. We don’t tolerate print piracy and we won’t tolerate digital piracy,” Fred Wardle, Access Copyright’s executive director, said in a media release. “This is not a victimless crime. The people who create and publish these works are being robbed of literally hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Access Copyright is sending a clear message that we can and will take action to prevent this kind of copyright infringement.” An investigation into Chen’s activities was launched in January.Biotech web site launched by FrancommunautésThe Francommunautés Virtuelles program has supported the launch of a new web site providing Francophones with access to information about biotechnology, including genetic manipulation, food ingredients, job posting, and research and articles in the field. The site, Carrefour virtuel bioalimentaire (www.cvba.ca), was created by the Service de développement des technologies de l’information and received $75,000 in funding from the Francommunautés to implement the project.ZAQ breaks into e-publishing/e-learning markets in U.S., Latin AmericaMontreal-based ZAQ Inc. announces that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire e-publishing/e-learning company Logo Computer Systems Inc. Logo’s customer base is equally divided between the U.S., Latin America and the rest of the world. Under the terms of the agreement, ZAQ will issue 2.681 million shares at a price of $0.69 each in the all-share deal, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.Trademark applications filedA company called Alliance Information Systems Ltd. has applied for a trademark for the term “ALLIANCEONE”. Alliance, based in Calgary, notes that the application is in connection with computer software for analyzing and selecting rate plans for users of wired, wireless and broadcast communications products. Another company, Entana Inc., Toronto, has filed for a trademark on the term “ENTANA”. The company’s wares will include computer software for networking, video conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging, email and automatic dictionary lookups. Entana recently concluded a seed financing agreement with Baywood Financial Corp. on undisclosed terms for the development and marketing of its intellectual property.Bell ExpressVu offers educational ITVBell ExpressVu LP has launched a service dubbed KidsWise that will deliver learning programs to homes using its interactive television platform. The service will offer interactive programming to help develop reading, problem-solving and thinking skills. Kids use a remote control to navigate the programming. The service is available from ExpressVu’s interactive launch pad. KidsWise is being offered in French and English. U.S.- and Israel-based Pixel Technologies worked with ExpressVu to create the service. A free preview is available until March 21, when it will become a pay service for $2.99 a month, or $3.99 a month for both the French and English feeds.