On Tuesday, January 5th, Walt Disney Corporation released a new technology, called KeyChest, that enables customers to purchase films or television shows from distributors, then store them on remote servers, and finally play them on different media such as TVs, PCs, and cell phones. The primary objective behind this move is to enable viewers to access this movie from anywhere, allow for easy storage, and also solve the problem of converting the media into different forms that are compatible with different playing devices.
KeyChest is primarily going to be run by a third party, and Walt Disney is still negotiating with content distributors, cable companies and telecommunications services to make this possible and hopes to deploy it by the end of this year.
KeyChest is also intended to be a multi-corporate venture, according to the statement made by Kelly Summers, vice president of digital distribution at Disney. The idea behind this is that consumers won’t have much of a variety to choose from if only Disney is involved.
Further, KeyChest is hoped to give a boost to the movement of digital distribution of media that has been long in the offing. Now, a consumer can purchase a movie from a participating store, following which, the account with the telecom services and cable companies would be advised to show that the movie could be viewed by him/her.
However, consumers will not have direct acces to KeyChest. Rather, retailers will first verify if the consumer already has the legal rights for the media, and then make it available for viewing.
As internet connections become increasingly faster, music downloads are slowly giving way to viewing of streaming media. The digital market is fast changing from something that provides on-demand music downloads to one that provides fast access to streaming media.
Digital music retailer Apple’s recent acquisition of Lala, a streaming music provider, shows that the digital download industry is acknowledging the cooling down of digital music downloads. A primary reason for this is that, until recently, the only way to play your favorite song on your PC or a portable player was to download it. However, with new tech coming in such as web-enabled TVs, services like Spotify, Lala, etc. this is no longer the case.
Moreover, nothing can beat the flexibility and user-friendliness of streaming media. Hence, the digital download industry is trying to tap into this new way of experiencing music as soon as they can. For instance, Apple can sell newer devices that access streaming media to those who still use older generation MP3 players.
An interesting point will be to note the response of Amazon to this shift. Its online music retail store is the second largest in the U.S., right after Apple’s iTunes. So far, Amazon has shown great agility in changing with the times, with issue of unbeatable offers and sales. A simple example is the 25 Days of Freein which 25 holiday themed tracks were made available free of charge. Whether it retains its flexibility in these changing times will be one of the big questions in 2010, when streaming media is going to get a bigger role than ever before.
If the term AR Drone’ seems like gibberish to you, then you have a lot to catch up on. A team of ten engineers developed a small, helicopter like drone that was released to an unsuspecting public at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas last week. This drone is controlled by an iPhone and looks somewhat like a flying saucer right out of a sci-fi flick.
The drone can move at 18 kilometers per hour, stay airborne for 15 minutes after a 60-minute battery charge, has a maximum range of 50 meters and weighs just over 300 grams. In addition, it streams live video from two cameras to the pilot’s phone via wi-fi.
Although seeing the drone in action might bring to mind military intelligence and spying technology, its creators have different plans for it altogether namely video gaming. The idea is that you pilot the drone and take it into the air, then the targets that the cameras capture are converted into virtual targets on your phone at which you can then fire missiles and operate other gaming actions you play the game on your phone based on the feed from the drone’s cameras.
This is what the AR in AR Drone’ stands for Augmented Reality, where the physical reality is merged with the virtual one to create a gaming experience like never before.
Augmented reality is not a new concept it is present in fields such as medicine, defense, navigation, and even education. However, by taking it to the world of gaming, the AR Drone might just revolutionize gaming in a way that we had never dreamt of.
EMI Music imprints Capitol, Caroline, and Virgin, and EMI Music Publishing have recently filed a lawsuit against Vimeo.com (a video sharing website that falls under a division of online media conglomerate IAC). In the murky areas of copyright law, this is a significant development because it looks into the yet unaddressed issue of fans uploading videos that have copyrighted content (mostly audio) in it.
EMI’s suit will tackle two primary concerns. The first is whether video sharing websites are liable for copyright infringement. This is keeping in mind that they allow, and profit from, user-uploaded copyrighted content.
The second concern is whether lip dubs, and similar videos, are cases of copyright infringement. (Lip dubs are videos in which people lip synch to professional recordings.)
Most labels have agreements with YouTube, that enables sharing of revenue gained from such videos. However, not all labels have been able to make such agreements, and not all video sharing sites have been included in such deals so far.
The other side states that fan-made videos are examples of fair use, tolerated under copyright law as an accommodation to noncommercial, transformative creativity. However, as EMI duly points out Vimeo.com is anything but noncommercial.
This area of copyright has few precedents in terms of law. Besides the EMI suit, there are other suits lined up in 2010 that might possibly bring clarity to these issues. Examples are Stephanie Lenz’s lawsuit where she is fighting UMG for taking down a YouTube video of her toddler son dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”. Also in line is Don Henley’s action against U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore (R-Calif.) for using “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” in “parody” political videos.
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