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With music and sports publisher partnerships, ZEFR cements its position as the dominant YouTube monetization platform for enterprises

Video ad technology company HIRO Media lands $5 million

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HIRO Media, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based online video advertising technology firm, this morning announced that it has raised $5 million in funding. The capital injection will be used to finance the company’s expansion in the United States, where it already has offices in New York and Silicon Valley. Founded in...
Video ad technology company HIRO Media lands $5 million

Mega now hosting nearly 50 million files but just 0.001% infringe copyright, Kim Dotcom claims

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It’s less than two weeks since Kim Dotcom launched Mega, a new file-storage site, but already the service currently hosts nearly 50 million files, the flamboyant German entrepreneur has revealed. Dotcom says that, of those files, just 0.001 percent have been taken down by the original content owners for piracy. “MASSIVE non-infringing...
Mega now hosting nearly 50 million files but just 0.001% infringe copyright, Kim Dotcom claims

Veoh Still Not Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks Court To Rehear Case Yet Again

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I sometimes wonder about the lawyers representing the major labels, and their ability to continually bill those supposedly struggling labels top dollar in quixotic attempts to fight any and all innovation. We've written plenty of times about Universal Music Group's legal crusade against online video site Veoh. Veoh was a...
Veoh Still Not Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks Court To Rehear Case Yet Again

Spotify Is Not Like iTunes, And Can NEVER Be Profitable (AAPL)

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Spotify's asking valuation of $3.5 billion is ballpark reasonable if you compare it to Apple's iTunes on revenue and growth. But long time digital music entrepreneur Michael Robertson thinks that iTunes and Spotify are like apples and oranges, and Spotify can NEVER be profitable. "I think Spotify is a...
Spotify Is Not Like iTunes, And Can NEVER Be Profitable (AAPL)

Actually, $3.5 Billion For Spotify Isn't COMPLETELY Insane (AAPL)

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Earlier today, we reported that Spotify is shopping around for a new fundraising round and asking for a valuation of $3.5 billion. At first glance that seems completely nuts. The company does not own its core asset -- the music it's "selling" is all licensed from third parties, and...
Actually, $3.5 Billion For Spotify Isn't COMPLETELY Insane (AAPL)

Thoughts On Apple's Latest TV Efforts

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Earlier this week, a few reports emerged about Apple’s upcoming plans to disrupt the TV market. The first mentioned that Apple was trying to work with cable providers on finding new ways to distribute TV through its hardware, rather than trying to license content itself. The second report gave a...
Thoughts On Apple's Latest TV Efforts

Copyright and The Internet

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Google has announced they have made a change to their algorithms to include valid DMCA takedown requests as a negative signal in their search results. I believe this is a step in the right direction and I am pleased to see Google do this. It's hard to argue that the...
Copyright and The Internet

VEVO Powerstation at Sundance: An Explanation

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You may know we had some fun at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month. Our VEVO Powerstation & Sorel Suite was a popular spot for celebrities to get warm, pick up some gifts from our friends at Sorel and Fresh and, most of all, to relax...
VEVO Powerstation at Sundance: An Explanation

Love Football: Highlights from some of the world's top soccer leagues and cups (legally) land on YouTube

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One week after we reported that the UK’s Talk Sport was to radio broadcast every English Premier League match globally (but not in Europe), another interesting football media partnership has come to the fore, this time involving video. We already knew that online video specialists Rightster had agreed a deal...
Love Football: Highlights from some of the world's top soccer leagues and cups (legally) land on YouTube

BBCWW invests in mobile game tech firm Spaceport

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BBC Worldwide is making a strategic investment in a company whose technology will let it port its games to any mobile platform. The BBC’s commercial and overseas unit is investing an unspecified sum in Spaceport, whose technology leverages HTML5, Javascript and OpenGL to let creators convert vector graphics-based games for...
BBCWW invests in mobile game tech firm Spaceport

Panasonic, IBM, ABOX42 and others join LG and Toshiba's Smart TV Alliance to solve fragmentation

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Hot on the heels of CES 2013, the Smart TV Alliance, an organization formed by LG Electronics, TP Vision and Toshiba in June 2012, is announcing five new members: Panasonic, ABOX42 and TechniSat, IBM and Specific Media. This move brings additional strength to the Alliance, which claims to be dedicated to “creating...
Panasonic, IBM, ABOX42 and others join LG and Toshiba's Smart TV Alliance to solve fragmentation

yap.TV snags former NBC/Comcast VP Todd Brown to help expand its second screen TV platforms globally

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yap.TV, the startup that lets broadcasters and content owners manage their own second screen experience, is pushing ahead with monetizing its platforms with the announcement that it has named former NBC/Comcast VP Todd Brown as its new Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development, starting today. The company says...
yap.TV snags former NBC/Comcast VP Todd Brown to help expand its second screen TV platforms globally

Argentine ad network Taggify has just raised $1m – and 100% of it comes from Chile

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Think Chilean VCs and companies don’t invest in digital startups? Think again: Start-Up Chile‘s alumnus Taggify has just raised $1m from a Chilean fund, Aurus Capital, and an important media group, Copesa. Gustavo Bessone is the co-founder of this ad tech startup, which focuses on adding contextual ads to images and videos...
Argentine ad network Taggify has just raised $1m – and 100% of it comes from Chile

US entertainment industry group wants to unleash malware on file sharers

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The US entertainment industry is pushing to introduce regulations that would allow content owners to legally send out malware to individuals that are believed to involved with copying digital content. That’s according to the the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property which presented a new 84-page report – spotted by Boing Boing –...
US entertainment industry group wants to unleash malware on file sharers

Apple responds to Australian 'price gouging' allegations, blames markup on content owners

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In a hearing with Australia's Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications on Friday, Apple attempted to reconcile the huge price gap between digital goods sold in the country and those sold in the U.S., saying that the blame ultimately falls on content owners....
Apple responds to Australian 'price gouging' allegations, blames markup on content owners

Apple TV Finally Adds Hulu Plus -- Why It Took So Long, And Why It Makes Sense Now

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Good news for Hulu Plus fans who also happen to have an Apple TV in their homes: The subscription VOD service is now available as an app on the streaming device. But wait — why is Hulu Plus coming to Apple TV now, years after it first began rolling out...
Apple TV Finally Adds Hulu Plus -- Why It Took So Long, And Why It Makes Sense Now
Major ISPs rolling out Copyright Alert System 'in the coming weeks'

Make music? Here's how to find out if SoundExchange owes you digital royalties

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US digital royalties collection and distribution entity SoundExchange has released a list of more than 50,000 musicians and record labels that are owed tens of millions of dollars, the non-profit organization announced today. As you may know, SoundExchange has been entrusted by the Library of Congress to handle royalties for sound recordings streamed on Internet...
Make music? Here's how to find out if SoundExchange owes you digital royalties

Dailymotion is in Pact with Yahoo for Video Syndication

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LONDON -- Video-sharing site DailyMotion has pacted with Yahoo on a syndication deal for video, says Daniel Adams, VP International Content at Dailymotion, during the recent Beet.TV Global Video Summit at the BBC Worldwide. DailyMotion also works with MSN and other portals in deals that call for DailyMotion to sell...
Dailymotion is in Pact with Yahoo for Video Syndication

VOD Service Acetrax Shutting Down, Forcing Customers Through DRM Hoops To Retain Their Purchased Movies

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Does DRM stop (or even slow down) piracy? This question's hardly hypothetical. It's been answered with a resounding "no" all over the internet. Of course, it's been argued that DRM was never about piracy prevention, but instead was a vehicle for content owners to control the technology in the...
VOD Service Acetrax Shutting Down, Forcing Customers Through DRM Hoops To Retain Their Purchased Movies
When veteran filmmaker Larry Clark is embracing TinyPass, you know micropayments are set to go mainstream

Spotify Needs Big Funding To Pay Big Content’s Tax On Success

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There’s a fundamental problem with startups that depends on premium licensed content. If you succeed, the content owners will jack up their licensing fees. This is why Business Insider’s rumor that Spotify is raising a big round of funding makes sense. In the 7 months since Spotify launched in the...
Spotify Needs Big Funding To Pay Big Content’s Tax On Success
Microsoft's consumer detection patent is the new, scary face of DRM

Fred Wilson: Content owners, don’t fear the future

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The pitched war between content owners and technology companies doesn’t have to persist if media companies would acknowledge and adapt to the new realities of digital distribution, said Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Speaking at the paidContent 2012 conference in New York, Wilson said the content companies...
Fred Wilson: Content owners, don’t fear the future

Fair Use Or Free Riding? The AP's New Attack On News Scraping

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The Associated Press is becoming more aggressive in trying to rein in the information the news service scatters around the world. After helping to launch a copyright monitoring service, the AP is now suing a company that clips headlines and news items for its customers. In a complaint filed...
Fair Use Or Free Riding? The AP's New Attack On News Scraping

YouTube to roll out premium channels in Europe, starting with France

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YouTube is working with content owners to release 13 premium TV channels in France, the French newspaper Le Figaro revealed today. While this is a first outside of the US, where professional channels were launched last December, other countries such as Germany and the UK may soon follow. According to...
YouTube to roll out premium channels in Europe, starting with France

France’s new president poised to strike out 3-strikes law

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Content owners have been hoping that France’s controversial HADOPI scheme for disconnecting file-sharers might provide a model for the rest of the world. Now, the fate of the plan is in confusion (like much else in France) after last week’s election that brought Socialist Francois Hollande to power. The French...
France’s new president poised to strike out 3-strikes law

The YouTube Decision: What it means and what happens next

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 Today’s appeals court ruling in YouTube v. Viacom is the biggest copyright decision of the year and already both sides are proclaiming victory. The case is about much more than the $1 billion that Viacom says it is owed for John Stewart and South Park clips that appeared on YouTube...
The YouTube Decision: What it means and what happens next

World starts to tune out America’s moronic copyright ‘watch list’

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In a rite of spring, US trade officials have released a “priority watch list” for copyright that places nations like Canada alongside the likes of China, Russia and Pakistan. The annual exercise is supposed to trigger a flurry of “time to get tough on copyright” editorials in the countries that...
World starts to tune out America’s moronic copyright ‘watch list’
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