Technology

Can blockchain work for the publishing sector?

New research has allowed the team at Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Creative Industries Faculty to develop a world-first blockchain prototype system for digital rights management and royalty distribution. Existing systems, new languages, led by Associate Professor Mark Ryan, was a two-year collaboration involving researchers from QUT’s Creative Industries, Law, Science and Engineering Faculties, along with Brisbane-based micro publisher, Tiny Owl Workshop.

Source: Can blockchain work for the publishing sector?

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Is “Certainly Looking At” A TikTok Ban 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview on Fox News Monday evening that the United States government is looking into a ban of buzzy micro-video app TikTok amid ongoing concerns that the China-owned platform has been suspected to be a tool of surveillance and propaganda for the Chinese government.

Source: Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Is “Certainly Looking At” A TikTok Ban – Tubefilter

‘Fortnite’ goes to the movies

Fortnite, a mega-popular free-to-play battle royale video game, has recently begun to host events in-game, including concerts with Travis Scott, EDM artist Marshmello, and Star Wars tie-ins. This weekend, Fortnite is screening Christopher Nolan movies—sort of like a drive-in, but with more grappling hooks. Depending on where you live, you can watch The Prestige, Inception, or Batman Begins.

Source: VICE – Watching Movies in ‘Fortnite’ Is More Fun Than a Theater

Identifying a melody by studying a musician’s body language

A new artificial intelligence tool developed by the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab leverages the virtual eyes and ears of a computer to separate similar sounds that are tricky even for humans to differentiate. The tool improves on earlier iterations by matching the movements of individual musicians, via their skeletal keypoints, to the tempo of individual parts.

Source: Identifying a melody by studying a musician’s body language

Film Festivals Group Starts Campaign for Geo-Blocking By Online Festivals

A group of 18 leading film festivals has kick-started a campaign to persuade film festivals running online editions to use geoblocking technology to protect the commercial potential of the films, and the ability of other festivals to stage local premieres of the films. The campaign in response to the rising number of festivals that have launched online editions.

Source: Film Festivals Group Starts Campaign for Geo-Blocking By Online Festivals

After cryptocurrency, blockchain is about to make a big splash in the gaming industry 

Gamers have long been making purchases or making bets using in-game currency. But the problem for these virtual purchases is that there are risks involved as hackers can exploit vulnerabilities within the game. For Atari Chairman and CEO of Atari Frédéric Chesnais, the solution to the issues is the incorporation of blockchain into gaming.

Source: After cryptocurrency, blockchain is about to make a big splash in the gaming industry – TokenPost

Copycats and Copyright: Empowering Content Creators in the Digital Age

Using a decentralized, distributed model built around an immutable ledger for securely recording entries that are consensus verified, blockchain can be the constant that mitigates the risk of copyright infringement. Content creators can timestamp a bespoke piece of original work on the ledger to ensure proof of ownership at the moment of creation, providing a watertight guard against potential tampering by malicious actors.

Source: Copycats and Copyright: Empowering Content Creators in the Digital Age

Tencent rival NetEase invests $1.7m in Luxembourg-based AI music firm, AIVA

According to the company’s website, the AIVA AI tech is “capable of composing emotional soundtracks for films, video games, commercials and any type of entertainment content”. The company claims that its AI tech “has been learning the art of music composition” from composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach “to create a mathematical model representation of what music is”.

Source: Tencent rival NetEase invests $1.7m in Luxembourg-based AI music firm, AIVA

Justice Department to Propose Limiting Internet Companies’ Protections

The Justice Department is set to propose a rollback of legal protections that online platforms have enjoyed for more than two decades, in an effort to make tech companies more responsible in how they police their content, according to a Trump administration official.

Source: WSJ News Exclusive | Justice Department to Propose Limiting Internet Companies’ Protections

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