Valve Begins Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method On Steam

Gamers may soon be able to buy their favorite video games with bitcoin, the world’s most popular and valuable cryptocurrency, thanks to a partnership between the digital distribution platform Steam and the payment processor BitPay.

Although neither Steam nor its developer Valve has commented on this development, gamers Tuesday began seeing the option to pay with bitcoin appear when adding credit to their accounts. However, BitPay has published a blog post on the agreement between the parties with Rory Desmond, the company’s head of business development in North America and the Asia-Pacific region, saying it was Valve that contacted his firm about the possibility of facilitating the new payment method.

Source: IBT

Will We Ever Hear the Hundreds of Songs Prince Left Behind?

It’s important to understand that even unreleased songs are protected by copyright as soon as an artist writes them down.

“Once [Prince] created it,” says Mike Carrier, a law professor at Rutgers, “it was fixed. It wasn’t just in his head. He didn’t just sing it once; he recorded it.” Still, no one knows who owns those copyrights now. Given his history with, and distrust of, the music industry, Prince’s heir or heirs may well fully own the recordings. Copyright lasts the life of the artist, plus 70 years.

(Mark your calendars for 2086, when Purple Rain enters the public domain.)

But “copyright is so much more about contracts, than it is about federal policy,” Vaidhyanathan says. “A copyright holder has tremendous power over what happens, how it’s released to the world.” We can’t say anything for sure so soon after his death, when so much remains unknown, but we can speculate. So let’s speculate.

Source: WIRED

For Blockchain VCs, the Time for Ethereum Investments Has Come

Just a few months after the platform’s production launch, the first Ethereum startups are already receiving interest, and in some cases, undisclosed investments, from digital currency-focused VC firms.

Interviews with four of the leading blockchain and digital currency industry investors revealed that many are already performing due diligence on startups utilizing the decentralized application platform. Announced in 2014, Ethereum has gained significant traction of late following a successful hard fork and testing from major financial institutions.

Source: CoinDesk

U.K. Minister Calls for Intellectual Property Framework ‘Fit for Purpose in the Digital Age’

The U.K.’s dedicated IP minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has used the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day (April 26) to call for an IP framework “fit for purpose in the digital age.”

“The process of digitization has transformed the world around us at a furious pace. It has revolutionized the way we work; the way we interact; and the way we shop,” said Neville-Rolfe in a blog post referencing the “symbiotic relationship between digital and IP.” “The creative sector must be able to protect and benefit from intellectual property,” she went on to say, adding that if the U.K. wants to secure its future as a “nation of innovators, we need to make sure our IP framework is fit for purpose.”

Source: Billboard

Can Real-Time Video Watermarking Take a Bite Out of Piracy?

safestream-storyWhen you stream a video, from Netflix or Hulu or YouTube or HBO Go or whatever else you have on hand, there’s a basic assumption: That video is for you to watch, and just that once.

Maybe you share it with whoever else is in the room at the time, but it’s given with the condition that you’re just taking it in as a one-off right there, not saving it forever, not rebroadcasting it somewhere else. It’s how the system works and how the deals are made.

 But even with paywalls and user names and passwords, even though that stream might be broken up by ads, there’s a pristine piece of video somewhere in the code—unadulterated video beamed down from whatever server. A stream that, if you really wanted to, you could find a way to rip to your hard drive and upload to The Pirate Bay. A stream you could broadcast back out again, with your own ads up against it. That’s just the way that it goes. But what if that video had your name right there in it?


Source: Popular Mechanics

Streaming Technology is Revitalizing Video as an Educational Tool in Academia, but there are Challenges Ahead for Libraries

workstationAcademic streaming video vendors, such as market leaders Films on Demand, Alexander Street, and Kanopy, tend to argue that regardless of any trade-offs made when licensing content rather than purchasing physical copies, the value of licensed streaming content is self-evident in increased usage and resulting lower cost per circ.

“VHS is dead…and DVD is almost dead—anyone who has an Apple [recent model iMac or MacBook] now doesn’t have a DVD player. And DVDs are becoming defunct. They’re getting damaged, they’re getting weeded, and they’re getting lost. And only one person can watch at a time,” says Tom Humphrey, COO of Kanopy, discussing the broader consumer transition to streaming and the corresponding demand for streaming video resources in higher ed.

“Is it better to have a DVD on the shelf that’s going to sit there for ten years and only get watched once, or am I better off putting $100 toward something that is going to generate 1,000 plays over the course of the year” before requiring renewal? Humphrey asks.

Source: Library Journal

Tagsmart’s CERTIFY: ‘DNA Fingerprinting’ Technology Offers Security for Art Market

Tagsmart CERTIFY is a unique, technology-driven platform that delivers a secure and verified solution to artwork security for the global art market.

Developed by leading framer Mark Darbyshire and product designer Steve Cooke, Tagsmart meets the needs of the art world in the digital age. Over the 20 years spent in the framing and art fabrication business, it became clear to Mark that there was a real demand for increased accountability within the art market. Mark and Steve, along with a team of industry experts*, spent 18 months developing CERTIFY as a unique solution to artwork security issues.

Source: ArtDaily

Blue Raincoat Songs Inks Kobalt Deal

KOBALT-logoThe long-term worldwide administration deal will mean that Kobalt will provide a variety of publishing services to Blue Raincoat including copyright administration and royalty tracking.

Jeremy Lascelles said “Blue Raincoat Songs will be a very creatively driven operation, but we know how important it is to have really efficient registration and collection systems in place.

“Kobalt’s reputation in this area is second to none and they will provide a global resource and infrastructure that should be a perfect complement to our creative endeavours. Plus it will be nice having them on our team rather than as a competitor!

Source: MBW

For Digital Art, Watermarks Aim To Bring More Aura—And A Hotter Market

Thanks in no small part to the Internet, digital art is having a moment, and it’s attracting collectors too. An auction last year of GIFs, digital paintings, and printouts at Phillips in London raised over $113,000, including $3,500 paid for a website by the Dutch-Brazilian Internet artist Rafael Rozendaal.

Along with money, the budding market has also raised some interesting questions: If digital art is built on a medium prone toward reproduction, how do you make a one-of-a-kind edition? You might hang digital art on your wall, but how do you prove who made it, or that you bought it?

“Sharing art online is a double-edged sword,” says Shambhavi Kadam, a cofounder of Depict, a San Francisco-based startup that is building a physical, 4K Ultra HD picture frame, along with “watermarking” software to protect works bought and sold on its platform.

Source: Fast Company

Copyright Management: What If Instagram Used The Blockchain?

Nowadays the market for art is increasing its power thanks to social networks and platforms that allow anyone to express and publish their artistic creations on the web. Omitting the fact that we cannot always define those creations as ART, the democracy of self expression is growing up.But on the other hand – with this system, on the web – anyone can save or copy content, cheating the real author.

Source: Coin Telegraph

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