Among the most valuable functions of a blockchain ledger with respect to copyright is that it is an immutable record of transactions which is extremely difficult to alter. As Staelens explained, blockchain can be used to timestamp copyright-protected works, and through its use of unique IDs can be used to prove ownership in litigation.
Now, at a moment when Netflix is exponentially expanding as a content provider as well as a streaming platform, Hollywood’s tactical mistakes seem all the more painful. An early example: At a time when brick-and-mortar thinking already was on the fade, Viacom’s Sumner Redstone invested billions in Blockbuster’s vain initiative to control the DVD-rental business.
Using the new ID system, studios and networks can register content with Gracenote’s video database for search and discovery in program guides, interfaces and OTT catalogs. Content owners can include their own content description metadata, tags and imagery.
In the past few years, podcasting has grown from a cottage industry into big business, with 93 million listeners and $479 million in yearly advertising revenue in the United States, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Producers have become more sophisticated about licensing music — and more willing to pay for it. But clearing rights, for both recordings and the underlying compositions, can be complicated and expensive.
Librarians are making a direct plea to Macmillan CEO John Sargent: please listen to your readers and abandon plans to embargo new release e-books in libraries. That was the appeal delivered at an American Library Association press conference on September 11, held at the Nashville Public Library, coinciding with this week’s Digital Book World Conference.
In a move that will be welcome news to publishers and other rights holders, advocate general Maciej Szpunar has ruled sites such as Tom Kabinet that sell second-hand ebooks unlawful under EU law. However, the advocate general also noted that there might be justifications for the resale of ebooks, prompting concerned comments from the Federation of European Publishers (FEP).
Google won a legal battle on Thursday after Europe’s top court said publishers in Germany could not demand copyright fees since 2013 from the tech firm because the European Commission had not been notified of the German regulation. The group of publishers previously said they were demanding as much as 1 billion euros from Google-owner Alphabet in copyright fees for their news snippets and other items published by the U.S. company on the Web.
In a blog post, Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president of news, said the changes to the company’s search guidelines would help it to “better recognize original reporting” and make it more visible on the internet. “This means readers interested in the latest news can find the story that started it all,” Mr. Gingras wrote, “and publishers can benefit from having their original reporting more widely seen.”
Spotify has acquired SoundBetter, a global marketplace that helps creators connect and hire producers and other audio professionals. Soundbetter will become part of Spotify For Artists, making it the first artist service that the streamer will charge for. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
While the film, TV and video digital content industries are thriving there is little to no infrastructure and a huge lack of transparency in the industry practices. FilmChain aims to support content creators, financiers and distributors with an automated money flow. The platform allows film and TV producers to collect, allocate and analyse revenues for film, TV and digital content in a transparent and efficient manner.