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MIDiA: The Meta Trends that Will Shape the 2020s

Progressively more of what we consume has reached us after being adapted by someone else, whether that be personal recommendations, likes or comments. Additionally, more of the content we view has been modified, such as memes, captioned photos, Instagram photos, and TikToks. 2020 will be see the rise of user-modified content (UMC) with more audiences leaning forward and taking ownership of the content they view.

Source: The Meta Trends that Will Shape the 2020s

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

Dish Network Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Anti-Piracy System 

Dish Network’s application outlines a system that allows owners to embed an identification mark into the content’s code that can be stored and regularly updated using a distributed ledger. Published Thursday, Dish says the proposal can better monitor and enforce ownership rights, alerting platforms to when content is used without permission.

Source: Dish Network Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Anti-Piracy System – CoinDesk

How Music Copyright Lawsuits Are Scaring Away New Hits

The boom in copyright lawsuits is rattling the music industry, to the point where some artists are taking out insurance policies. “There is a lot of confusion about what’s permissible and what’s not,” says Sandy Wilbur, a forensic musicologist who served as an expert witness for the defense in the “Blurred Lines” case. Because cases are decided by “the average listener, who is not an educated musicologist or musician,” she notes, “labels are very afraid.”

Source: How Music Copyright Lawsuits Are Scaring Away New Hits

Streaming wars push Hollywood to a record number of new TV series

The streaming revolution has helped set a brand new record for the number of scripted dramas and comedies available on TV and video platforms. According to data collected by Disney-owned basic cable channel FX, 532 scripted series were produced in 2019, an increase of 7 percent over 2018.

Source: Streaming wars push Hollywood to a record number of new TV series

Global Box Office Hits New Record in 2019 With $42 Billion

Golden Age of Streaming who? Despite an influx of entertainment options on Netflix, Hulu and now Disney Plus, global box office receipts will surpass $42 billion in 2019, according to Comscore, cementing a new industry high. Though U.S. ticket sales slumped 4.4% to $11.4 billion, international audiences fueled the record turnout.

Source: Global Box Office Hits New Record in 2019 With $42 Billion

US listeners surpass 1 trillion music streams in 2019

American listeners racked up more than 1 trillion music streams for the first time last year, fueled in part by breakout artists such as Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish, new data show. Total US music streams spiked 29.3 percent to 1.15 trillion in 2019 as services such as YouTube and Spotify continued to dominate how listeners get their tunes, according to Nielsen Music’s annual report.

Source: US listeners surpass 1 trillion music streams in 2019

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)

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