Developer Ubisoft exploring blockchain for gaming: report

French Video games development firm Ubisoft is reported to be exploring ways of integrating blockchain technology into its games, in a bid to gain an edge on competitors. The plans will reportedly see Ubisoft write game assets to a blockchain, which can then be made available for purchase, along similar lines as the business model behind the hugely successful Fortnite franchise, published by rival Epic Games.

Source: Developer Ubisoft exploring blockchain for gaming: report – CoinGeek

Fragmented Streaming Landscape Keeps Piracy Relevant, Research Suggests – TorrentFreak

Streaming video services are, in theory, great competitors to pirate sites and services. However, when you have to sign up for half a dozen subscriptions to watch your favorite movies and shows, something is wrong. New research suggests that this fragmented streaming landscape is keeping piracy relevant.

Source: Fragmented Streaming Landscape Keeps Piracy Relevant, Research Suggests – TorrentFreak

SoundExchange Is Auditing TuneIn Over Statutory License Payments

Last Friday, the Copyright Royalty Board filed its ‘Notice of Intent to Audit‘ radio streaming platform TuneIn, with SoundExchange leading the examination.  The news comes a month after SoundExchange filed a similar audit intent notice with the board’s judges “for their transmissions terminating in the United States for the year 2018.”

Source: SoundExchange Is Auditing TuneIn Over Statutory License Payments

Universal Music Disputes Severity of 2008 Fire Cited in New York Times Article

In response to a New York Times article recounting a 2008 fire described as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business” in which thousands of Universal Music Group master recordings were destroyed, the company has issued a statement disputing the characterization of the damage it caused to the company’s archives.

Source: Universal Music Disputes Severity of 2008 Fire Cited in New York Times Article

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