It's been a while since we've done a news roundup. No, we weren't saving it for a snowy day — we've had enough of those lately. At any rate, here's a rundown of what's been happening out there in the wide world of music.
Canada: Not Just For the Olympians
Canadian Music Week is a major event not just for our Northern neighbors, but for the rest of the world, too. It's coming right up (March 10-14, Toronto), so make your plans now...
Department of Justice Announces IP Task Force
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the formation of its Task Force on Intellectual Property on Friday, Feb 5. The Task Force was detailed by Attorney General Eric Holder from a snow-clogged Washington, DC. "The rise in intellectual property crime in the United States and abroad threatens not only our public safety but also our economic well being," Holder stated.
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Google, FCC Look To Speed America's Lagging Broadband
Two different U.S. broadband goals were laid out this month. The Federal Communications Commission chief called for connecting 100 million households at 100 megabits per second. But Google stole his thunder last week, promising to bring eye-popping speeds of 1 gigabit per second to thousands of Americans.
Bill Chappell, NPR
Musicians Union Launch 'Music Supported Here' Campaign
The Musicians' Union (UK) has launched a new campaign called Music Supported Here, which aims to equip artists with the resources to communicate copyright issues to their fans, in a new bid to convince consumers that they might want to buy music rather than nick it off the internet.TheCMU
But Is It Safe? 'Womb Boxes' Get Another Look...
Music is one of the joys of life, but should fetuses get a taste while still in the womb? Suddenly, a seemingly novel idea - pumping tunes and other sounds into the womb - is getting a second look. This is a trend that started in the pre-iPod 90s, though New York Post writers Don Kaplan and Brian Niemietz are now asking the right question. Namely, is any of this safe?
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