Canada – is your iPod legal?

The new Copyright Act in Canada will allow Canadians to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but ban them from circumventing DRM on other media.

The act also exempts ISPs from liability for copyright violations by their subscribers, but does demand they send letters from rights-holders to file-sharers warning them against their actions.

Canadians will also be permitted to record TV and radio shows for later viewing – but forbids them keeping a personal library of such shows.

The bill also reduces Canadians’ individual liability to C$500 from a maximum of C$20,000 for making illegal copies of music or movies for private use. 

However, a huge C$20,000 fine can be made against users who hack their ay past DRM or other digital locks, and against those making music or other media available through file-sharing services.

Measures are also included which make it illegal to “provide, market or import tools used to circumvent digital locks,” causing Red Hat founder Bob Young to warn the act could stymie open source development, criminalizing acts undertaken on a regular basis, such as developing extensions, reverse engineering code and researching security measures.

Firefox 3 ships June 17

The Mozilla Foundation has announced that Firefox 3 will ship on Tuesday June 17.

The news comes as Mozilla moves toward breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads of an individual application in 24 hours. 

Mozilla has received over a million pledges from users prepared to download the software when it ships, with Firefox users across the world signing-up to download the all-new web browser that day,

For an interactive map with country statistics and to sign up to get Firefox 3 on Download Day click here. Mozilla is also encouraging people to host a Download Day party at their school, office or anywhere with an internet connection on launch day.

Firefox 3 is currently in release candidate 2 for Windows and release candidate 3 for Mac. 

Location, location, location

 Apple’s twinning of GPS location-based features with a full-fledged development system underpinned by OS X for iPhone may not be new in some ways (there’s other mobile platforms with developers and GPS), but may well usher in some of the most innovative uses of location-based technologies ever seen in any previous family of devices.

Numerous examples of the potential Apple has harnessed in its iPhone Software 2.0 move are appearing, with one major move set to transform the way we drive.

Dutch navigation device maker TomTom has revealed it already has a version of its navigation software running on the iPhone, and confirmed it intends selling this to consumers, presumably through the App Store.

"Our navigation system runs on the iPhone already," a TomTom spokesman told Reuters after Apple announced the iPhone 3G, but declined to say when it would make the application available.

That follows last year’s move by Maxens Technology to develop its own Navizon GPS system for the first-gen iPhone.

Beyond this, there’s a new breed of social network-cum-music applications set to appear. Take a look at TuneWiki, a social lyric and karaoke service that’s already available for jailbroken iPhones (and soon also for Google’s Android software-powered devices). TuneWiki lets users read lyrics to songs in real-time, so they can sing along, and also harnesses the location-sensing abilities of the iPhone to show users where others using the software are. You get to listen to YouTube tracks submitted by others, and can take a look at what song they’re listening to.

Want more? Then take a look at Geopedia, software which summons relevant Wikipedia place entries for destinations close to where you currently are, which was revealed in March for jailborken iPhones. And, naturally, we all saw the WWDC presentation of location-based social network, Loopt, onstage during the Apple keynote this week.

What other innovative location-based solutions for the iPhone have you come across? We’re interested – let us know in comments below…

iPhone v.1 resale value secured…

The resale value of Apple’s first-generation iPhone looks set to shoot higher as the company engages in a new strategy to defeat iPhone unlockers.

It’s a pretty simple strategy, authorisation of new devices will now take place in-store in both the US and the UK. Essentially, when you purchase an iPhone you’ll be asked to sign an contract on the spot, or you won’t be able to buy the device. This means you’re tied into a contract, or you’re paying AT&T or O2 and Apple a monthly fee in addition to the purchase price in exchange for owning an iPhone 3G.

As the all-new model hasn’t hit the streets yet (it launches July 11) we also don’t yet know what hardware locks may have been put into place to secure the new model against being jailbroken, which suggests the original iPhone may become a collector’s item, and seems likely to command high prices once the initial rush of second-hand sales have passed. We anticipate many of the older iPhones will migrate to Russia, where no launch plan has yet been announced.

O2 slanging free iPhones, also pay as you go plans…

Oh to be in London today.  The sun is shining, the weather is nice (!!) – at least for the moment – and O2 is giving iPhones away for free* with certain plans.  Business plans included.   I am ordering the whole office iPhones!!  From O2:

iPhone is now free on selected Pay Monthly tariffs*
There’s only one thing better than an iPhone. The new 3G iPhone.
*Best of all, the new 8GB iPhone won’t cost you a penny on our £45 and £75 tariffs. And it’s just £99 on our £35 tariff and new £30 tariff.
All tariffs include unlimited browsing on your iPhone, unlimited Wi-Fi access, visual voicemail and reduced roaming rates with our International Traveller Service and are subject to a minimum term contract of 18 months.

 

As far as we can tell, no other carrier has dropped the free bomb yet.  Come on Telefonica!  Our Madrid office needs new iPhones!

Analysts reaction to iPhone 3G trickling out

Welcome to the cut out and keep guide to first glance reactions to the iPhone, with analysts raising estimates and saying Apple looks good to hit its ten million sales target, and citing the potential effect of the disruptive technology on the smartphone market.

Ralph de la Vega, President & Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Mobility said: "This device is a true game changer. Why? The immediacy of the data at your fingertips is huge. Imagine, looking up anything, anywhere. It (3G iPhone) allows you to leave your computer at home. It totally and completely mobilizes your data. Before this device you weren’t really un-tethered, but with this you are. I think people have tried to build a $100 laptop, and here is a $200 phone that can do all that over 3G. It will have a big impact, and will be ubiquitous."

 

AT&T has revealed iPhone subsidies will cut its earnings per share by 10 cents to 12 cents in 2008 and 2009 with Chief Financial Officer Rick Lindner said the move will put pressure on AT&T’s forecast for double-digit earnings growth this year.

Under the new pact, AT&T will not give Apple part of its monthly service fees, unlike their first iPhone agreement.

"I think that in this type of market asking shareholders to deal with more dilution for the sake of iPhone is a lot," said Crowell, Weedon & Co analyst Douglas Christopher, who has a buy rating on AT&T shares.

Gartner analyst Kenneth Dulaney said the plan to stop paying a portion of revenue to Apple made the hit to earnings all the more surprising. "This says that the product is so hot the carriers have lost all their power to negotiate," he said.

Jupiter Research analyst is excited about MobileMe, saying: "One of the pieces that’s been missing at least from Apple’s portfolio has been a strong social networking play. It’s fantastic to have the sync features across all of my devices. We know consumers want to buy content once, create playlists once, pay for access once, etc. and then be able to access from any device. Apple sets a high bar here that has been challenging to replicate at least with media. (Their "nod" to MS on "Outlook for the rest of us" acknowledges that)"

Ian Fogg, also of Jupiter Research, notes: "Worldwide availability on the same date, just a month from now. This takes some doing. Congrats to Apple for understanding that launching in just the US isn’t the way to win hearts, minds and wallets elsewhere."

Charles Dunstone, CEO, The Carphone Warehouse Plc, said:, "The  iPhone 3G is a massive step forward for mobile internet. The iPhone continues to lead the pack and now customers will have fast, simple access to true internet on the move. It’s rare for a mobile phone to cause global excitement but iPhone sets the standard for others to follow. I’m delighted that we’ll be offering the new iPhone 3G for free on a contract. We’re expecting a huge demand when it goes on sale across our 800 stores on 11 July and there are some great upgrade offers for those that have previously bought an iPhone on the O2 network"

Lehman Brothers this morning raised its price target on Apple to $234 from $202 and cut AT&T’s target to $49 from $54, citing Apple’s announcement of the 3G iPhone at a discounted price tag. "We believe existing revenue sharing arrangement (with Apple) costs AT&T $100 during the life of an iPhone customer", said Lehman Brothers analyst Thomas Seitz. Citigroup also raised its price target on Apple to $287 from $248.

Charles Golvin, a principal analyst with Forrester Research, agreed. "Apple needed 3G, they needed a more attractive price, to make its goal," he said, adding that the prospects of reaching the 10-million mark this year are "pretty much a certainty."

"Apple is competing in more markets at lower price points (again subject to price plans). Therefore, we feel that this time the potential for disruption is greater than before," observed Steven Hartley, senior analyst for London-based Ovum.

Shares tell the news:

HTC, down 57 points at NT$765

RIM. up $2.71 after falling to $132.41 on late trades last night.

Palm, down 28-cents to $6.79 per share

Nokia, fell last night, now at $26.61

Apple will not recieve follow on revenue from its new iPhone partners

Apple will not receive follow-on revenue from most of its new telecom partners according to SEC filing Form 8-K for APPLE IN. This is a very interesting development for several reasons.  It means that Apple is stuck in their original agreements with AT&T, O2, Orange, Tmobile, etc.  It also means that the old model wasn’t optimal for Apple and it is going for a new model where it is no longer taking a cut of monthly revenues.

The new carriers will be doing the writeoff themselves for the new countries.  How this will affect Apple’s sales model is unclear.  Will they sell them in the Apple stores for the $199 price?  Will they still be Jailbreakable and/or downgradable?

So many questions… From the SEC Filing:

Item 8.01. Other Events

Apple Inc. ("Apple") Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs announced today at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference that Apple has sold over 6 million iPhones to date, including over 700,000 in the current June quarter. Mr. Jobs also announced that the new iPhone 3G will be available initially in 22 countries, and that the iPhone 2.0 software will be available to all iPhone customers, both beginning on July 11, 2008.

Apple has signed multi-year agreements with carriers authorizing them to distribute and provide network services for iPhones in over 70 countries. These agreements are generally not exclusive with a specific carrier, except in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and certain other countries. Under the vast majority of these agreements, Apple will not receive follow-on revenue generating payments from carriers for the new iPhone 3G beyond the purchase of the device by carriers or a commission on sales of the device by Apple. Apple will continue to receive payments from cellular network providers related to first-generation iPhones as long as they remain active on authorized networks.

Apple assumes no obligation to update any of the statements in this Form 8-K regarding the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 software.

Guardian waxes on 3G iPhone's contribution to the future of music distribution

The Guardian today is running a piece on five ways the new 3G iPhone could change the music distribution industry.

  1. Unlimited Music downloads on the mobile itunes Library?  Maybe not now but soon.
  2. iTunes is currently in 22 countries.  The iPhone will be in many more.  Expect Apple to close the gap with many more international iTunes music store releases
  3. The experience of having a mobile device that can also purchase music in a smooth package is something new and revolutionary.
  4. Subscription model – not just for unlimited tracks – but also a possible model based on "by musician" type model.  Imagine Music meets podcast.  Paid subscription.  New music as the band produces it.
  5. It doesn’t stop there.  With all of the tools avaialble on the iPhone, you can also mix and record music…or add to your favorites.  It truly is a new paradigm – in your pocket.