Technology

European Commission launches consultation seeking views on digital services

The consultation seeks to gather views, evidence and data from people, businesses, online platforms, academics, civil society and all interested parties to help us shaping the future rulebook for digital services. The consultation, open until 8 September, covers issues such as safety online, freedom of expression, fairness and a level-playing field in the digital economy.

Source: Press corner

Blockchain to the rescue of small publishers

As book publishers grapple with global disruption, digital technologies, and economic uncertainty, Australian researchers are looking at how blockchain technology can help them survive and thrive. They have developed a world-first blockchain prototype system for digital rights management and royalty distribution to enable the creation of new commercial opportunities for small publishers.

Source: Blockchain to the rescue of small publishers

Virtual filmmaking takes center stage in reopening Hollywood

As Hollywood faces mounting pressure to resume production and reemploy hundreds of thousands of cast and crew who’ve been out of work for months, filmmakers are turning to virtual producers as a route to reboot TV shows and features halted by the pandemic. Some predict the health crisis will accelerate the industry’s use of virtual filming to mitigate risks and reduces costs of on location shoots.

Source: Virtual filmmaking takes center stage in reopening Hollywood

Facebook launches Collab, a mix-and-match app for making collaborative music videos

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is rolling out yet another new app today called Collab after having just launched a new group audio calling app, CatchUp, on Tuesday. With Collab, the focus has now returned to video, and specifically, the concept of watching, mixing and matching original videos together, beginning with music.

Source: Facebook launches Collab, a mix-and-match app for making collaborative music videos

Live music is merging with video games – and giving us a glimpse of the future

Fortnite‘s position in this new marketplace hasn’t happened overnight. It has become a cultural phenomenon that itself perpetuates its own new cultural phenomena: France’s Antoine Griezmann adopted a Fortnite celebration at the 2018 World Cup. It’s now such an engagement behemoth that Netflix considers it its major rival. No wonder that third parties have recently been partnering on one-time events.

Source: Live music is merging with video games – and giving us a glimpse of the future

BMG inks deal with AI music company that ‘respects the integrity of music composition’

MatchTune, formerly known as Muzeek, was founded in 2017 by composer André Manoukian and tech entrepreneur Philippe Guillaud (pictured) and claims that its AI with music-to-image synchronisation algorithms can create unique variations of professional-standard music in seconds.

Source: BMG inks deal with AI music company that ‘respects the integrity of music composition’

Atari token finds a home on new blockchain gaming network 

Atari helped kick off the gaming revolution, and now the brand—which has changed hands many times since the 1970s—aims to help lead the crypto revolution in gaming with its recently-revealed Atari Token. Today, the company revealed the next step in its plan to entrench the Atari Token within the gaming ecosystem, announcing a partnership with Arkane Network to implement the token within its blockchain app development platform.

Source: Atari token finds a home on new blockchain gaming network – Decrypt

What Does JAY-Z’s Fight Over Audio Deepfakes Mean for the Future of AI Music?

A deepfake of JAY-Z rehearsing for Hamlet is unlikely to run afoul of current laws against soundalikes. Tom Waits won a $2.5 million verdict against Frito-Lay in 1990 over a Doritos ad that had an impersonator rumbling in Waits’ recognizable style. But the Voice Synthesis clips are clearly labeled as fakes, and their creator has maintained that they were “intended as entertainment,” not for any malicious purpose.

Source: What Does JAY-Z’s Fight Over Audio Deepfakes Mean for the Future of AI Music?

Digital Rights Blockchain 

At first look, a Digital Rights Blockchain can solve all manner of problems. So why isn’t one being created? For each of the three main concepts of attribution, tracking and tracing, and compensation, there are challenges. The challenges have little to do with the underlying technology and everything to do with the stakeholders involved and their motivations.

Source: Digital Rights Blockchain – CityAM

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