Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

Announcing Copyright and Technology NYC 2017

I’m happy and proud to announce our next conference.  It will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  The location is Grand Hall at the Kimmel Center at NYU (same venue as last year, different rooms).  The agenda is now posted. Our keynote speakers will be Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, who are professors of […]

A World Without DMCA 1201

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last Thursday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government (the Attorney General, Library of Congress, and Copyright Office), in an attempt to have Section 1201 of the Copyright Act found unconstitutional.  Section 1201 is the provision that makes it a violation of copyright law to circumvent (hack) DRMs and other “technical protection measures.” The nominal […]

Copyright Office Opens Inquiry on Digital Rights for Libraries

Yesterday the U.S. Copyright Office announced that it is looking for input into revising Section 108 of the copyright law, the section that gives libraries and archives special rights to copy and distribute materials.  Although much of Section 108 deals with making physical copies of materials for preservation purposes, some of it is supposed to apply […]

Music Rights Reporting, DDEX, and Blockchains

Last time, I discussed the need to automate and standardize rights and royalty transaction processing in today’s music market.  At the heart of that market is streaming plays on on-demand services.  As the latest RIAA revenue figures have shown, on-demand streaming is now the second-largest source of recorded music industry revenue and should overtake downloads […]

Quick poll: Is Medium the Message?

Much of the writing on blockchain applications for music and other media is on the blogging platform Medium.  The platform has pros and cons compared to WordPress, the current platform for Copyright and Technology.  Medium looks nice, has easy-to-use writers’ tools, and has great features for increasing readership, but it has limited flexibility, limits ways to establish […]

Blockchain Solutions for Music Rights Processing

One aspect of the recent hype about blockchain applications for music is the spate of conferences and panels about it.  I went to one of these last Wednesday: the Music 4.5 conference at the offices of the ReedSmith law firm in NYC.  The event was cleverly organized: the first half was devoted to startups who touted the virtues […]

Readium LCP and Open Source DRM

In a recent exchange in the comments to an article in Nate Hoffelder’s The Digital Reader blog, I mentioned Readium Licensed Content Protection (Readium LCP), the standard DRM scheme for EPUB-formatted e-books that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years.  I gave a talk on Readium LCP a couple of weeks ago at the EPUB Summit […]

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