Technology

YouTube’s Takedown Numbers are a Mystery, But Content-ID is a ‘Cash Cow’ 

Google transparently reports the billions of copyright takedown requests it receives for its search engine. However, finding out how many videos are flagged and removed on YouTube appears to be quite the challenge. We gave it a go nonetheless and can also conclude that the Content ID system is a cash cow.

Source: YouTube’s Takedown Numbers are a Mystery, But Content-ID is a ‘Cash Cow’ * TorrentFreak

Deepfake dubs could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance

What exactly is lost in translation when TV shows and films are subbed or dubbed into a new language? It’s a hard question to answer, but for the team at AI startup Flawless, it may be one we don’t have to think about in the future. The company claims it has the solution to this particular language barrier; a technical innovation that could help TV shows and films effortlessly reach new markets around the world: deepfake dubs.

Source: Deepfake dubs could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance

Sony Music Breaks From Exclusive China Licensing Agreement to Sign with Both Tencent and NetEase

Sony’s NetEase deal is the latest to shift power away from TME in China’s streaming industry and make the space slightly more competitive. It comes amidst a government antitrust probe of TME and its parent company Tencent Group. TME announced its quarterly results on Monday and acknowledged that regulators are taking a growing interest in its business.

Source: Sony Music Breaks From Exclusive China Licensing Agreement to Sign with Both Tencent and NetEase

Is Blockchain The Unsung Hero in the Music Industry?

Fairly remunerating artists would require the elimination of a majority of the intermediaries that are currently involved in the distribution of music. Blockchain can form the transactional channel between music creators and fans who wish to support them, eliminating — or at least minimizing — the need for intermediaries.

Source: Is Blockchain The Unsung Hero in the Music Industry?

These art collectors are making their own metaverse through games

Sylvain Levy isn’t just an art collector. He’s a new type of video game patron, eager to explore what he calls our “digital twin” — our evolving online personae that have different appetites and behaviors. “It’s really important to understand that we have this double personality,” he says, especially as tech drives more human transformation. As digital spaces continue to define our post-COVID lives, the closer we come to what a metaverse could really offer.

Source: These art collectors are making their own metaverse through games

You Can Buy a Banksy With Bitcoin or Ethereum From Sotheby’s 

International auction house Sotheby’s announced today that it will accept Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrency payments for a physical art auction, beginning with the May 12 auction of “Love is in the Air” by the famed street artist Banksy. It is the first time that a major auction house has accepted cryptocurrency payments for physical artwork, according to Sotheby’s.

Source: You Can Buy a Banksy With Bitcoin or Ethereum From Sotheby’s – Decrypt

What does digital art have to do with sustainability? 

Blockchain-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs) recently have made a big splash in the art world and beyond. Fundamentally, they allow for the unique differentiation and ownership of digital goods. In addition to generating both headlines and confusion, NFTs have drawn attention to the high carbon footprint of certain blockchain applications.

Source: What does digital art have to do with sustainability? | Greenbiz

Apple and Epic Trial Opens With a Tour of the Fortnite ‘Metaverse’

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney offered a granular explanation of Fortnite to paint an expansive portrait of his company’s world on the first day of what is expected to be a three-week trial, pitting Epic against Apple in a fight over Apple’s App Store fees and other rules that could reshape the $100 billion app economy.

Source: Apple and Epic Trial Opens With a Tour of the Fortnite ‘Metaverse’

Warner Music Partners With Virtual Entertainment Company Wave

Warner Music Group has announced a partnership with and investment in virtual entertainment company Wave, which has hosted livestreams by the Weekend, John Legend, Tinashe and others. According to the announcement, Wave will develop virtual performances, experiences, and monetization opportunities for WMG’s global roster of emerging and established artists.

Source: Warner Music Partners With Wave Livestreaming and Virtual Entertainment Company

Warner Music partners with tech company Genies to develop avatars and NFTs for WMG artists

Warner Music Group (WMG) has inked a global partnership with Genies, which dubs itself “the world’s largest avatar technology company.” The deal will see the two companies develop avatars and digital wearable NFTs for WMG artists. According to a media statement, WMG’s artists will be able to “produce and distribute virtual beings that facilitate fan reach across immersive platforms and metaverses.”

Source: Warner Music Group partners with tech company Genies to develop avatars and NFTs for WMG artists

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