In what must have been some marvelous licensing legal wizardry, The Financial Times is reporting that Apple has signed a deal with News Corpâ€™s 20th Century Fox studio to provide an online video-on-demand service. The service will allow consumers to rent the latest Fox DVD releases by downloading a digital copy from Appleâ€™s iTunes platform for a limited time.
Wired is reporting that Warner Music Group began selling music on Amazon in the MP3 format without digital rights management protection. Amazon has added all of WMG’s digitized music catalog to the store.
ZML.com is positioning itself as the movie version of AllofMP3, a Russian service that provided downloadable music on the cheap. They claim over 1,500 movies, such as Transformers, Live Free or Die Hard, The Bourne Ulitimatum and lots of other big tiles with prices starting at $1.99. The service requires registration and a prepaid account …Continue Reading
Reuters is reporting that Internet users in France who frequently download music or films illegally risk losing Web access under a new anti-piracy system unveiled on Friday. The three-way pact between Internet service providers, the government and owners of film and music rights is a boon to the music industry, which has been calling for …Continue Reading
Ars Technica is reporting on Testimony in Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser(Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG) suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading songs …Continue Reading
eMusic, the music service that has given Appleâ€™s iTunes the most competition in the song-download arena will now offer audiobooks in mp3 format, too. The biggest selling point for eMusic is also its biggest point of controversy: the site uses the MP3 format, which works on any digital player but lacks digital rights management technology, …Continue Reading
In an effort to track who is using their content, Reuters has contracted with a company called Attributor, which will fingerprint original Reuters content and continuously monitor billions of web pages. The service will be used by Reuters to pursue new online content syndication opportunities, protect the value of its original content investment and offer …Continue Reading