CNM Short Takes

CanJet uses digEplayer to entertain passengers
CanJet Airlines has selected digEplayer in-flight entertainment system to be on some Florida bound flights as well as selected flights operated in partnership with Sunquest. "It is our plan to offer digEplayer rentals to passengers on all long-haul flights meaning our customers flying between Toronto-Calgary and Toronto-Vancouver will be able to enjoy this new in-flight feature," said CanJet director, sales and marketing, Doug Newson. DigEplayer features current early release movie content from Dream Works SKG, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and Buena Vista (Disney).

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Electric Company increases brokered client list of artists to a dozen

The Electric Company’s artist representation business model is proving so viable just nine months after it launched that it is having to turn down work, says the company’s executive director. The company, which brokers a dozen new media artists, is seeing growth in the broadcast arena, particularly since joining forces last December with Hesty Reps, headed by Hesty Leitbag.

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Former Chrysalis IT VP operations files trademark for new Kanata start-up

A Kanata start-up called TVIDIA is proposing to use a new proprietary digital rights management (DRM) system to sell content, including movies and music content, online. The company is keeping details mum for the moment, but it did file on March 8 for trademark protection for the terms “Content Protection System” and the company’s name, “TVIDIA.”

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Copyright reform stakeholders greet reforms with cautious optimism

Ottawa’s proposals for reforming the Copyright Act to bring it in line with digital realities are being viewed with cautious optimism by Canadian NEW MEDIA sources. The government’s proposals, released March 24, walk a fine line between the heavy-handed U.S.-style Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) legislation many had feared, and a more laissez faire approach that some industry leaders say has led to a Wild West copyright environment in Canada. It will likely be several months before legislation is put before the House of Commons and its Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, and some observers worry the carefully crafted March 24 compromise may yet be derailed by both domestic and international forces.

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