Technology

Digital Transformation Takes More than the Right Technology

Publishers are investing heavily in content technologies that offer features and functionality that best support their digital transformation strategy, such as single source publishing, semantic metadata, granular content management, and collaborative authoring and review. However, deploying a feature-rich system doesn’t mean that the organization is set up or ready to successfully leverage these features.

Source: Digital Transformation Takes More than the Right Technology: Part 1 of a 2-part series on how digital transformation requires more than technology to succeed. People and process are key to achieving your goals.

Fair Use, Artificial Intelligence, and Creativity

Fair use is essential to a new category of creative works: works generated by an artificial intelligence (“AI”) process. Currently these works include translations, music, and poetry. As AI gets more sophisticated, the works AI processes can generate will also get more sophisticated, and more pleasing to human sensibilities.

Source: Fair Use, Artificial Intelligence, and Creativity

iHeart jobs cull: Over 50 DJs and employees out as firm cites ‘significant investment’ in Artificial Intelligence

Some prominent voices have argued that AI is nothing for the music business to be scared of – and that it should be embraced. This might seem a rather unconvincing point of view today if you’re a radio DJ employed by US broadcast giant iHeartMedia. Or, more accurately, a radio DJ who used to be employed by iHeartMedia, after roles held by dozens of jocks were “dislocated” by the company this week.

Source: iHeart jobs cull: Over 50 DJs and employees out as firm cites ‘significant investment’ in Artificial Intelligence

New Forest’s Simon David Miller Rethinks the Production Process

Can artificial intelligence and tech industry project management techniques help the film and TV industry to create more hits? Tech entrepreneur Simon David Miller thinks so, and is in the process of raising between £1 million-£3 million ($1.3 million-$3.91 million) for his production company New Forest Film Co. to recruit a team, and to develop technology.

Source: New Forest’s Simon David Miller Rethinks the Production Process

Game Developer Sees Boost in Sales After Releasing Official Torrent 

Most copyright holders are doing everything they can to prevent their content from showing up at The Pirate Bay. However, the developer of the indie shooter game ‘Danger Gazers’ took the opposite approach. He uploaded a free copy of his own game to the torrent site and generated enough buzz to actually boost sales.

Source: Game Developer Sees Boost in Sales After Releasing Official Torrent – TorrentFreak

‘Academic’ Torrent Client Hopes to Shake up the Entertainment Industry 

Researchers at Delft University of Technology have secured another €3.3 million in funding for academic research into the ‘Internet-of-Trust’. The money will in large part be used to continue development on the Tribler BitTorrent client. Professor Johan Pouwelse, who leads the Tribler lab, hopes that the software and underlying technology will shake up the entertainment industry by shifting the balance of power.

Source: ‘Academic’ Torrent Client Hopes to Shake up the Entertainment Industry – TorrentFreak

Chinese court rules AI-written article is protected by copyright

A court in Shenzhen, China, has ruled that an article produced by AI is protected by copyright, representing a notable milestone for AI as a creative force. The court found that the article’s articulation and expression had a “certain originality” and met the legal requirements to be classed as a written work — thus it qualified for copyright protection.

Source: Chinese court rules AI-written article is protected by copyright

Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System 

The movie division has signed a deal with Cinelytic to use the latter’s AI-driven project management system that was launched last year. Under the new deal, Warners will leverage the system’s comprehensive data and predictive analytics to guide decision-making at the greenlight stage.

Source: Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System (Exclusive)

Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms.

Using technology to blur the line between the quick and the dead tends to be a recipe for dystopian science fiction, but in this case, it could also mean a lucrative new income stream for a music industry in flux, at a time when beloved entertainers can no longer count on CD or download revenues to support their loved ones after they’ve died. “If you’re an estate in the age of streaming and algorithms, you’re thinking: Where is our revenue coming from?” Brian Baumley, who handles publicity for Eyellusion, said.

Source: Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms.

Deutsche Welle, EU media blockchain consortium plans IDEAthon 

European Union-funded consortium, Bloomen, is exploring blockchain for media such as photos, videos and music. German state-owned broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) is one of the founders of the alliance, which is leveraging blockchain for improving content flows and creator remuneration.

Source: Deutsche Welle, EU media blockchain consortium plans IDEAthon – Ledger Insights

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