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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 […]

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 […]

Get Ready for the Blockchain Tsunami

Lately I’ve been hearing about blockchain-related solutions to copyright problems on practically a weekly basis.  Perhaps this was inevitable, given the massive amounts of activity and hype surrounding blockchain technology, and the realization that it has applications well beyond cryptocurrency (and I’m sure others have been observing this same phenomenon in different industries at different times). But […]

New White Paper and NAB Workshop: Strategies for Secure OTT Video in a Multiscreen World

A white paper covering the emerging world of MPEG DASH adaptive streaming, HTML5 technologies for cross-platform app development, and a DRM market that will continue to be fragmented for some time to come. Plus a workshop at NAB on April 14 to discuss these issues with industry experts.

USPTO Public Meeting on Identifiers for Automating Content Licensing

A public meeting in Washington to gather input about the use of content identifiers and content identification technology in copyright licensing automation. Too bad it’s in less than three weeks.

Flickr’s Wall Art Program Exposes Weaknesses in Licensing Automation

The Creative Commons program’s lack of support for commercial licensing options is starting to matter… again.

Dispatches from IDPF Digital Book 2014, Pt. 3: DRM

DRM may disappear from trade e-books. But will that happen for the right reasons?

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