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The RightsTech Revolution may not be televised but it is being documented and reported on. And this week, RightsTech.com is launching a weekly e-newsletter to help you stay up to date with all the best of the reporting and analysis from across all media sectors on the rapidly evolving the technology of digital rights clearances, authentication, royalty tracking, licensing and payments.
The Hollywood Reporter reports "Digital platforms, such as iTunes and Netflix, are undeniably here to stay, but Asian producers and content owners on Friday said returns are not known in advance and there is a lack of transparency. Panelists during a discussion at the Udine Far East Film Festival industry section said they want to see some dollars."
The Verge reports "A new, New York City-based technology advocacy group has launched, and it already has some big players lined up. Tech:NYC — co-chaired by venture capitalist Fred Wilson and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong — plans to become "a more formal and representative organization" for tech companies in the city, as it lobbies for industry-friendly policies."
Billboard reports "Internet video giant YouTube has made a change in its Content ID evaluation process that will benefit creators whose work has been improperly challenged by a rights holder. Admitting “we agree this process could be better,” YouTube announced the move in a Thursday blog post Thursday, and it seems like a simple fix. The platform will now continue to collect, but retain, any ad revenue accrued until any rights-verification process that has been started is resolved."
Re/code reports "It’s hard to make any money at all on the web. But if you do make money, we can help you make sure you get your hands on it. That’s the pitch from Stem, a startup that promises to help content-makers collect money they’re owed when their songs and videos are played online."
TechCrunch reports "A judge today officially put an end to the fight between the Justice Department and Apple over unlocking the iPhone of a New York man convicted of selling drugs. U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie denied as moot the government’s request to force Apple to help extract data from the phone after an individual provided the passcode to the government."
Wire reports "Fifteen months ago, hackers lifted more than $5 million from the bitcoin exchange operated by Bitstamp, a Slovenian company that aspired to push the digital currency across Western Europe. The hack wasn’t nearly as large or as devastating as the one that pilfered $460 million from Mt. Gox and sent the Japan-based exchange, then one of the world’s largest, spiraling into bankruptcy."
Mashable reports "China has blocked the sale of iBooks and iTunes movies less than seven months after Apple launched its service in the country. The New York Times reported Thursday that Apple's online movie and book stores initially received government approval but were blocked last week on orders from the broadcasting regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television."
Billboard reports "Typically, when someone gets sued for misappropriating someone else's piece of authorship, the defendant goes out of the way to show the work isn't worthy of the broadly claimed protection. But in the topsy-turvy case of ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corporation, the defendant is the one theorizing the broad reach of copyright law. ABS, which owns the recordings of Al Green and others, is suing CBS over the public performance of its pre-1972 sound recordings. For decades, radio operators have assumed no need to pay anything to broadcast tunes because of copyright limitations, but the fact that such recordings are not covered by federal copyright law has become a sticky legal issue. That's because such recordings then fall under state laws, recently interpreted by judges in California and New York to protect public performance."