New Canadian musician’s coalition unveils its copyright manifesto

A group of Canadian recording artists including Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan have formed a new organization, The Canadian Music Creators Coalition. The group, which has expressed dissatisfaction with organizations such as the Canadian Recording Industry Association, approaches music distribution from a user-friendly perspective, and recently issued a policy statement, excerpts from which appear below. (For more on the issue, see the story on page 4.)

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The Digital Media Association of Alberta (the organization formerly known as Alberta New Media) held its annual general meeting on April 5. Nigel McEathron of Calgary-based interactive marketer RareMethod was named chairperson of the association, while Ken Bautista, president of Edmonton’s HotRocket, was named to the position of vice-chair.

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Bell Fund releases names of 19 winners in Feb. 1 round
Six new media-and-broadcast producers received production grants from the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund in its latest round of funding, including Shaftesbury Films for 11 Cameras, Breakthrough Entertainment for Captain Flamingo, Nelvana Ltd. for Digata Defenders, Productions Pixcom Inc. for Les Superépiciers, and Marblemedia’s This Is Emily Yeung.

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Little-known SR&ED program can take the sting out of development costs

Working on tech-intensive projects doesn’t have to mean months of fruitless research and hundreds of billable hours with nothing more than an understanding of what doesn’t work to show for it. Few small and medium-sized businesses take advantage of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program funds available through the Canadian government.

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