New Research Papers Available!

RESEARCHREPORTS UPDATE

– Centre for content protection (CCP)

 

Thefull list of available reports and research documents is as follows:

 

·    Content Protection in China2009 – A Technical PerspectiveThe article’s primary purpose is to updatethe reader with the latest information about the status of content protectionin China. While this document focuses on the technical perspective, we alsoextend the discussion to the commercial and legal perspective where applicable.Technical progress, standards, roles of government entities as well as viewsfrom practitioners will be reviewed in this article.   $1000.00

 

·     Content Recognition in China 2009— This paper explores the latest situation of the Internet digital audio-videomarket and the rampant piracy in P2P networks in China. The paper highlightsall developments and issues pertaining to the future potential deployment ofcontent recognition, watermarking, filtering in China. China’s technology andpolicy aspects of content protection will also be reviewed along withinsightful remarks given. Some of the rules and executable schemes for contentcompanies also proposed.    $500.00 

 

·     Profiles of Regional and International Organisation in relation to CCPActivity —Thisdocument details the different regional (Asia-Pacific) and internationalorganizations whose activities have connection and relevance to the regionalbroadcast issues and content delivery. It includes names of key executives.Organizational backgrounds, activities, contact persons and contact details areamongst the valuable information provided.   $500.00

·    Content Protection – TheConsumer Choice — ContentProtection is not solely about protecting analog and digital content fromunauthorized access but, more importantly, also about the ability to bridge theneeds of content owners and consumers with new viewing and usage models.   $30.00   

 

·     Digital Future Symposium – Watermarking and Fingerprinting — Content RecognitionTechnology (CRT) can be used in various deployment scenarios to combat piracy.In this brief paper we explore some of them and highlight developments in Asiaand around the world.   $30.00

 

·     Digital Cinema Hollywoodhas been slower than most to get with this new digital technology for a varietyof reasons.  But new statistics show that of the estimated 100,000 cinemasworldwide, over 6,300 have already converted to digital and many more are dueto follow suit. This paper gives an explanatory insight into the issues relatedto digital cinema.   $30.00

 

·     Alphabet Soup of Content Protection Technologies — A useful glossary ofthe commonly-used terms and acronyms about content protection technologies.  $30.00

 

·     Japan’s Broadcast Protection SolutionIn their conversion to digital terrestrialtelevision broadcasting (DTTB), Japan’s broadcasters have adopted theIntegrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB) standard that supports DRM asthe digital TV and digital radio format.  $30.00

 

·     What is Content Protection? — Thisarticle seeks to review content protection and how is it all about enabling newviewing and usage models creating new business models by implementing flexibleusage rights to embrace the changing needs of consumers   $30.00

 

·     Interviews with ChinaDRM and Vobile — This interview showswhat these two establishments are about and lists their views on the industryand many more.   $100.00   

 

·      TPM Reports — We are pleased to a comprehensive report on ‘Use, Abuse andPerception of Technology Protection Measures’ (TPM) in Singapore, Australia,Japan and New Zealand respectively. Technology Protection Measures can be defined as the use oftechnological tools in order to restrict the unauthorized use and access to acopyrighted digital content created by its creators.  In the absence of TPM, many media and entertainment formatare easy to copy in their entirety. TPMs are most commonly used to protect thecopyrighted digital media and entertainment content in the various businesssectors and subsectors (Table 1), which are involved in the entertainmentindustry such as TV Broadcast (including Digital Broadcast), Films and VisualMedia, Music Industry, Digital Radio and other Digital Content like e-magazine.

 

TPM Report,Singapore  $500.00

— TPM Report, Australia $500.00

— TPM Report, Japan $500.00

— TPM Report, New Zealand $500.00

 

There are also other upcoming research initiativesthat the CCP is embarking in. The CCP welcomes sponsorships for these projects.

 

·     Upcoming Research Project onthe Future of Online Video Distribution in China: How Could Online AdvertisingBe a Stable Source of Revenue?

 

With broadband adoption rates on the rise and onlineaudiences increasing, there is a huge potential for online video websites forTV and movie distribution.  Online video distribution empowers consumersand brings movies and TV right into consumers’ living rooms. This empowerment,however, also facilitates the distribution of pirate content. As a result,movie studios and broadcasters are trying hard to implement subscriptionbusiness models and other pay per view businesses online. Particularly, inChina, content distributors and owners are finding it hard to implement this,amidst proliferation of pirate sites.

 

In China, the Regulator and industry players oftencomplain, “China needs a new business model.” Could online advertising be theanswer for the Chinese Internet population? Is this the way which content ownerscan monetise in China? And if so, how do we implement efficient technologicalsolutions to limit the distribution to only targeted communities? What are theissues, pros and cons and technical requirements? This research concernswhether advertising may be a viable and separate form of content distribution.We will also analyse technological implications, developments and thedistinction between TV and Movie content issues in China. 

 

For more information on these research initiativesplease visit www.contentprotection.netor contact the CCP’s Managing Director Isa Seow at Isa_Seow@contentprotection.net

 

Purchase research papers on our website www.contentprotection.net

 

 


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Upcoming Digital Future Symposium 2010




3rd
Digital Future Symposium (DFS) March
2010,
Beijing

The
Future of Technology, Internet
and Content Business”

 

Main
Themes:

1)
Internet Distribution and New Media Business

2)
Technology, Standards and Content Protection

The
primary objectives of this event are to provide a platform for
Chinese and international parties to interact and build partnerships
in the content distribution and technology industries. The seminar
also aims to identify trends in the technology sector from the
international and China perspectives for future movie, games and TV
distribution. Ultimately seeks to encourage the availability of
legitimate content on various devices and to explore new consumer
usage models. The following parties are targeted:

1)
Internet industries

2)
Devices and equipment manufacturers

3)
Movies and TV stakeholders

4)
Regulatory staffers

5)
Investors and investment companies

6)
Gaming

 

Objectives:

To
provide a platform for content owners, studios, broadcasters, law
firms, venture capitalists, online distributors, government and
vendors to interact

To
encourage new business models, partnerships, and solutions

To
build relationships between China and foreign industries in this
field

To
address current and new issues in relation to security, convergence
and the proliferation of new media

To
discuss content protection platforms and technologies in China and
internationally

To
discuss government – industry cooperation

To
discuss developments in relation to China and content delivery issues
and problems

Who
should come?

Content
owners, producers, technologists, content security companies,
Internet businesses, operators, telcos, academics, government and
others.

Background

The
DIGITAL FUTURE SYMPOSIUM is a highly successful event first launched
in 2007 by the CENTRE FOR CONTENT PROTECTION Pte. Ltd. It attracts
hundreds of key industry players in the field of content distribution
and content protection annually. It has conducted successful events
in Malaysia, Japan, China, India and Singapore.

Established
in 2007, the
Centre
for Content Protection (CCP)
is
a consortium committed to shaping Asia Pacific’s digital future
through innovative technologies that provide secure ways for
consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime access to their favourite movies
and television

programs.
CCP members from all over Asia, and from within the technology,
content production and distribution industries.

 

8.30
to 9.30 AM

KEYNOTES

Speakers


Relevant
high-ranking government official: eg SARFT, GAPP or NCAC


One
CEO/Senior executive among the sponsors, either from an international
and local corporation


One
CEO/Senior executive from MPA or CCP.

 

9.30
– 10.30 AM

NEW
MEDIA LANDSCAPE

Proposed TitleNew
Media Landscape and Developments


New Media


3 screen and interoperability


Internet and technology


Standards


3D


New technology developments

(Note:
To speak in general terms, lay the ground for discussions and set out
the main themes of the conference)

 

10.30
10.45
AM BREAK

 

10.45
– 11.45 AM

BUSINESS
MODELS

Proposed Title – 
Current
and Future Business Models for Online

Distribution
of Contents


Subscription


PPV


Advertisements


online/offline packages


Partnerships


The availability of content

(Note:
To speak in more details on different models for content owners to
generate more revenues through online distribution, either through
its own online outlets or by partnering with online
distributors/website operators, etc)

11.45
to 12.45 PM

ENFORCEMENT
AND THE LAW

Proposed TitleLegal
and Enforcement Trends in the Protection of
Contents
in the Online Environment


P2P


P2P TV


Legal developments/ policy


Cases


Enforcement issues

(Note:
To speak in details on legal and enforcement strategies deployed by
rightholders and their pros and cons, emphasizing also on cooperative
effects between them and online distributors/platforms such as UGC,
cyberlockers, etc)

12.45–
1.45 PM Lunch

2.00
– 3.00 PM

TECHNOLOGY
AND SECURITY

Proposed TitleTechnology,
Standards and Content Protection


DRM standards


Home networking


CAS


Technology standards


IPTV, mobile and cable


New packaged media developments


DRM related developments internationally

(Note:
To speak in details on digital rights management, conditional access,
Internet rights, interoperability, encryption, filtering, device and
equipment requirements)

3.00
– 4.00 PM

DIGITAL
ELECTRONICS

Proposed Title


Panel
Discussion on convergence / interoperability for electronic devices:
the ability for devices to work together is a prerequisite for the
convergence of different platforms as addressed in earlier topics


This
session will address issues such as what consumer electronics
companies can do to both monetize and support the transition to
digital content, enabling consumers to enjoy content flexibly on
whatever devices they own?


E.g.
the future of devices built for movie distribution and what needs to
be done so that devices of all different brands can function together


What
are standards, agreements and cooperation between content owners and
device makers?

4
PM BREAK

4.15
– 5.15 PM

INTERNET
AND UGC SITES

Proposed Title


This
session will discuss the lay of land in relation to UGC and content
distribution


Current
issues in relation to content availability and business models; new
trends and technological issues


Creative
Uses of Content to Generate Revenues in UGC sites esp. regarding
“video advertising”: videos/clips as a form of online content are
considered to have great potential. Discussion will revolve around
recommendations on business practices for these new models


Piracy
issues to be discussed in relation to business models and future
viability of content


Content
not being offered/available to Asia-Pacific consumers generally (e.g.
Hulu doesn’t offer access to content on site for users outside of
the US) Speakers


Several
senior executives (between 5-7) from content owners and their online
business partners, plus media analysts, etc

5.15
– 5.45 PM

Closing
Keynote Speeches (30 min)

Speakers


Leaders
in the industry

A
relevant high-ranking government official: candidates include from
SARFT, GAPP or NCAC

6.00
PM to 8.00 PM sponsored networking drinks

On
the 10th December we will have small group meetings on particular
sponsored topics. 11th December is the main event day.

ADMISSION

Admission
is free. FULL UPDATED AGENDA IN ENGLISH VERSION ONLY.

 

SPONSORSHIP
PACKAGES

CATALYST
SPONSORSHIP

USD
$5000


Recognition
on the day and on all relevant printed materials and on stage


Free
annual CCP membership for those non-members

o
Or
free advertisement in Event Brochure for existing member


Participation
and speaking slot


Recognition
on the day and on all relevant printed materials and on stage

To
include any items for distribution, tags and giftbags

SILVER
SPONSORSHIP

USD
$8000


Participation
and speaking slot


Free
CCP membership for those non-members

o
Or
free advertisement in Event Brochure for existing member


Table
space in hallway


Recognition
on the day and on all relevant printed materials and on stage.

To
include any items for distribution, tags and giftbags

LUNCH
SPONSOR (reserved for 1 company only)

USD
$8000


Free
CCP membership for those non-members

o
Or
free advertisement in Event Brochure for existing member


Lunch
presentation (brief) and participation in days’ event


Participation
and speaking slot


Recognition
on the day and on all relevant printed materials and on stage.

To
include any items for distribution, tags and giftbags

GOLD
CATALYST SPONSORSHIP

USD$
10,000


Keynote
position


Free
CCP membership for those non-members

o
Or
free advertisement in Event Brochure for existing member


Table
space in hall (alternatively Full Page Priority Ad, or Moderate
Panel)


Participation
in next day closed door group sessions (UGC’s, Blu-ray Tech
updates, and/or Legal meeting) (if not we will bring everyone out for
day-trip sponsored by GOLD Catalyst)


Participation
and speaking slot on main day


Recognition
on the day and on all relevant printed materials and on stage.

To
include any items for distribution, tags and giftbags

DIAMOND
SPONSORS

(customized)
> USD$18,000


Keynote


Free
PAC
CCP
membership for those non-members

o
Or
free advertisement in Event Brochure for existing member


Table
space in hall (alternatively Moderate Panel)


Sponsor
next day closed door group sessions (UGC’s, Blu-ray Tech updates,
and/or Legal meeting, and discuss topics)


Participation
and speaking slot on main day


Recognition
on the day and on all relevant printed materials and on stage.


Partner
for overall event


(this
category to be discussed) and recognition provided as required


Suggestion
of panel discussions and/or moderate as required

To
include any items for distribution, tags and giftbags

LUNCH/NETWORKING
SPONSORS

USD$5000


Free
CCP membership for those non-members

o
Or
free advertisement in Event Brochure for existing member


Recognition
for networking sponsorship


Brief
overview of company during networking session

To
include any items for distribution, tags and giftbags

Other
sponsorships

Microsite
sponsor

Badge
sponsor

Speakers
Pack sponsor

The
above at $2000 each.

 

Administrative
Supports

There
will be no sponsorship for speakers’ travel. CCP will conduct email
and international marketing of the event. Sponsorships are sought for
business matching discussions and topic specific discussions on the
10th .December in the following potential areas:

1)
Digital Cinema

2)
Watermarking and Fingerprinting

3)
CCP establishment in China

4)
Regulatory issues

5)
UGC and Content Business

6) Legal
updates

 

Confidential

Established
in 2007, the
Centre
for Content Protection (CCP)
is
a consortium based in
Singapore
committed to shaping Asia Pacific’s digital future through
innovative technologies that provide
secure ways for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime access to their
favourite movies and
television programs.

As
a neutral yet authoritative source of information on the latest
content platforms and protection measures
worldwide, the Centre fosters awareness and cooperation amongst
various academic, governmental
and industry organizations as well as consumer groups in order to
implement best practices
and solutions region-wide.

WWW.CONTENTPROTECTION.NET

Venue
to be announced.

CONTACT

Managing
Director

ISA
SEOW

Mobile
(Singapore) +65 82014421

Office
+65 67772854

Assistant
Junaidah Arifin +65 91830593

Fax
+65 67740733

email:
isa_seow@contentprotection.net

email:
junaidah_arifin@contentprotection.net

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CCP Industry Updates – August

DIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCASTING

1.    Philippines: NTC to reallocate frequencies for digital TV
The Manila Times – 2 July    

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) plans to reallocate more frequencies for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) use ahead of the full migration by 2015. However, no decision has been reached as to the platform to be adopted and NTC will be choosing between the DVB-H of Europe or ISDB of Japan.

The NTC also plans to stop issuing permits for analog TV service by next year in preparation for the migration to digital TV.

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/july/02/yehey/business/20090702bus5.html

2.    India: Delhi Doordarshan (DD) may go digital, open up for private broadcasters
Business Line – 2 July

The DD, the national TV channel of India, has submitted a detailed proposal to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting regarding its plans of migration to digital terrestrial broadcasting on a pan-India basis with the help of private broadcasters. Currently, consumers get DD National, DD news and a third regional language channel on the terrestrial network.

Since DD’s channels offered on the terrestrial mode and on its DTH have been free-to-air, it is exploring the option of monetizing the investment for digital conversion by allowing private broadcasters to utilize its platform on a revenue sharing basis.
DD officials expect the transition from analogue to digital to take place over a period of 4-5 years.  DD also proposes to host mobile TV services on the digitized network.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/07/02/stories/2009070251731000.htm

3.    Ecuador: Supertel tests Chinese DTMB digital TV standard
Business News Americas – 3 July   

Ecuador’s telecommunications watchdog Supertel began testing the Chinese digital TV standard at 85 different sites in capital city Quito capital Quito.
    [Note: access to full article limited to subscribers only]

http://www.bnamericas.com/news/telecommunications/Supertel_tests_Chinese_digital_TV_standard

4.    Fresh precedent in cable piracy battle
Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia – 9 July

New administrative procedures to create a legally enforceable environment to fight pay-TV piracy in the Philippines have seen a breakthrough settlement by an infringing cable operator in Camarines Sur province.

The settlement was agreed under rules laid down by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines), resulting in a legally binding agreement by the operator, Turtle Cable Co., to exclusively distribute authorized pay-TV content.

http://www.casbaa.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=b8609f8b646045b38cc661e1083e6b50

5.    Philippines: Mediascape launches country’s 1st nationwide Digital HD pay TV service
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation – 20 July

High-definition television or HDTV is now available to households all over the Philippines via Mediascape’s Cignal. It comes in two packages – Cignal HD and Cignal Digital TV – each boasting of a unique TV viewing experience.

Currently, Cignal Digital TV provides 20 SD/standard definition top rating channels including GMA 7, ABS CBN 2, TV5, QTV, Studio 23, NBN, CS9, IBC13, ETC, @nd Avenue, Net 25, HBO, Disney Channel, PBO, and Viva Cinema.

It also carries digital radio broadcasts of DZRH Television, 90.7 Love Radio, FM 101.1 Yes FM, Joey 92.3, Magic 89.9, 99.5RT, and NU107. More channels will be added into the roster of entertainment selections in the future.

“This marks a significant milestone for the Philippine television industry. Cignal with its Cignal HD and Cignal Digital TV is the most aggressive initiative thus far to bring digital television to more Filipinos all over the country,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, Mediascape.

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/211789/mediascape-launches-country-s-1st-nationwide-digital-hd-pay-tv-service

6.    Uganda: New TV brings a smile to GTV subscribers
The Independent – 21 July

The first ever Chinese run Television station is set to open shop in Uganda in the next one month. Star TV, which is to operate pay TV services, is to begin testing its signal soon.

“We have already given them license and we should expect them on air any time from now,” said Minister for ICT Aggrey Awori.

“They are a big group in China operating in a number of countries in Asia, and in Africa. In East Africa, Star TV is already in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya and now in Uganda,” Uganda investment Authority Executive Director Maggie Kigozi told The Independent.

She said they plan to invest over $100 million (Shs 2.1 billion).

http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php/business/business-news/54-business-news/1303-new-tv-brings-a-smile-to-gtv-subscribers

7.    China: Digital Cable TV operators should pay attention to QoS and QoE
China DRM – 21 July

A recent report of the State Administration of Radio and Television noted that there has been substantial growth in digital TV take up in China, with 45 million views as of the end of 2008. Digital conversion has been initiated 229 cities, and completed in 106. There also more than 24 million viewers on interactive digital services.

The government has urged businesses to now concentrate on providing better quality of service and quality of experience to enhance ARPU, and also focus on refreshing and improving technical analysis, digital television platforms in front-end applications, business development, program packaging, content distribution, conditional access, EPG operation, program ratings and the data reception technical framework, and also improving the UIs of set-top boxes.

http://www.chinadrm.org.cn/news.php?id=1869

8.    Shanghai Media Group Launches Network Television platform
China DRM – 21 July

Shanghai Media Group has launched its "Shanghai network television" open beta, which will allow users to review SMG’s Channel 10 programming over the last 7 days via the internet. More than 10,000 users signed up for the service in the first week. This initiative is part of SMG’s “3-screen strategy”, integrating television, computers, mobile phones.

The report also highlights SARFT’s call to in February 2009 to build a "national network television platform", where video content will not only be played but also shared. Secretary Yu Zhengsheng  was quoted as saying that "the whole country depends on the support of Shanghai, which has the responsibility to serve the whole country."

With the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the world will look to Shanghai, and Shanghai media will play an important role for those who cannot personally take part in the World Expo.

Shanghai Media Group is one of the first to implement the 3 screen strategy, having launched interactive TV, IPTV, Internet TV and mobile TV development.

http://www.chinadrm.org.cn/news.php?id=1867

9.    Canada: TV 2.0 lets you take control
Vancouver Sun – 22 July

The U.S. cable giant Comcast has announced a service, Telus, offering TV shows online to its customers – a move aimed at forestalling a shift of paying customers to free online offerings.

Shawn Hall, spokesman for Telus, said his company recently passed the 100,000-customer mark for its emerging digital television service. The company added satellite TV service in late June.

"Consumers are taking control in various ways," according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2009-2013. "They are adopting ‘time-shifting,’ using digital video recorders and video-on-demand to free them up from the TV schedule, enabling them to watch what they want when they want."

Canada’s video-on-demand subscription market is projected to increase at a 14.9-per-cent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) from $110 million US in 2009 to $214 million US in 2013.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/lets+take+control/1815066/story.html

10.    South Africa: Learning the digital TV ropes
iTWeb.com – 22 July

The recently-appointed Digital Dzonga Advisory Council will push an extensive education campaign to inform consumers about digital terrestrial TV (DTT).
Speaking at the official launch of the Dzonga yesterday, on Constitutional Hill, council chairperson Lara Kantor explained that one of the council’s key objectives is to get consumers ready to “go digital”.

The group is putting together a campaign that will begin with an FAQ and instructional video on what going digital will mean for the average South African TV viewer. Alongside the campaign, the Dzonga will accredit installers and test the equipment that is produced by manufacturers.

According to Kantor, this is all being done to ensure that consumers make the transition from analogue with as little trouble as possible.

http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/business/2009/0907221032.asp?O=FPTOP&S=Broadcasting&A=BRC

11.    UK: Digital TV comes to Cumbria
Cable.co.uk – 23rd July

Cumbria is the latest region of the UK to complete its switchover to digital TV services.
Terrestrial signals in the region were permanently turned off just after midnight yesterday (July 22nd), so digital services can now be broadcast across local relay transmitters for the first time to areas including Keswick.

Households with Freeview or BT Vision and Top Up TV subscriptions have been told they may need to retune to receive all available channels.
http://www.cable.co.uk/news/digital-tv-comes-to-cumbria-19278246/

12.    South Africa: Digital TV channel bonanza
News24.com – 23rd July

With South Africa’s switch-over to digital terrestrial television, viewers can look forward to 16 free-to-air channels at launch. It is expected that about 8 to 10 channels would come from the SABC, and 6 to 8 from e.tv, and 5 to 6 from M-Net.

Karen Willenberg of the Digital Dzonga was reported saying, “Digital transmission is much more efficient than analogue and you can compress the signal to make space for more content..”

http://www.news24.com/Content/Entertainment/SouthAfrica/1043/19766f0d0f4140e18aa941b802ec9873/23-07-2009%2002-07/Digital_TV_channel_bonanza

13.    Malta: Low awareness of digital TV switchover
di-ve.com – 23rd July

A recent Malta Communications Authority survey revealed that almost half of the Maltese population was not yet aware that free-to-air television will be switched to digital by the end of 2010,

The MCA estimates on the basis of this survey that 16,000 Maltese households – 11.2 per cent of the total – still rely solely on free-to-air analogue broadcasts to watch television. When asked why they had not subscribed to a pay TV service, 48 per cent said that free-to-air TV was sufficient, although 35 per cent said that pay TV was too expensive. Almost 19 per cent of respondents indicated that they were considering subscribing to pay TV within the next 2 years.

Just 54 per cent of respondents were aware that Maltese TV broadcasts will switch to digital by the end of 2010, although the MCA is now preparing a public information campaign. This campaign is scheduled for the end of the year, and will run through the digital switchover period.

http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=62526&newscategory=31

14.    USA: TV ad content for kids back on the regulatory table
Ars Technica – 23 July

The chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told at a Senate Commerce and Science hearing that interactive advertisements on television that target children should not be allowed without some kind of parental consent mechanism.

The FCC also informed that an enquiry into how best to "protect children and empower parents in the digital age" will be conducted which will "refresh the agency’s record and gather the necessary facts that will inform decisions on how best to promote, in a digital media world, the critical goals that animate the Children’s Television Act."
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/fcc-tv-ad-content-for-kids-back-on-the-regulatory-table.ars

15.    South Africa: Ellies, Altech in digital TV deal
Business Report – 23 July

Altech subsidiary, Altech UEC had partnered with Ellies to provide a full service offering for digital migration in southern Africa. Altech UEC makes decoders while Ellies makes television reception products. Altech UEC will manufacture the set top boxes required for digital signals.

Ellies will be the sole distributor. The partnership will include training centres to create jobs, through an academy for installation and repairs. Altech UEC said it would outsource work to 1000 small and medium enterprises.

http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=566&fArticleId=5094869

16.    USA:  Six weeks after switch to digital TV some north state customers still have reception problems
Redding.com – 24 July

It’s been six weeks since the nationwide switch to digital television, and people without satellite or cable are still reporting problems.

"We typically average about three calls a day even yet from people who have tried just about everything and still can’t get it or have special issues," Ray Smith, chief engineer for KRCR-News Channel 7 in Redding, said Thursday.

That’s down considerably from the 1,200 calls that Smith said the station received in the two or three weeks after June 12, the deadline the Federal Communications Commission set for all high-power stations to switch from an analog signal. In the beginning, many viewers needed help rescanning converter boxes or had antenna questions.

http://www.redding.com/news/2009/jul/24/six-weeks-after-switch-to-digital-tv-some-north/

17.    Brazil: proposes Mozambique’s adoption of the Japanese-Brazilian digital TV model  
Macau Hub – 24 July

A Brazilian delegation will visit Mozambique in the last two weeks of August to work alongside local authorities to look into the adoption of the Japanese-Brazilian digital television model.

The Brazilian government has already guaranteed the granting of funds from the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Social (BNDES) for Mozambique for the purchase of the necessary equipment for digital transmission with Japanese technology.

Mozambique and Brazil will form working party to look into the project. Brazil has just made a similar proposal to Chile with a view to its adoption of the Japanese-Brazilian digital TV system.

http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/news.php?ID=7807

18.    USA: Multiplay Customers Half as Likely to Drop Digital TV Service
TMCnet – 24 July

Strategy Analytics released a report in June on “How Vulnerable is the Bundle? Economic Effects on US Residential Multiplay Spend,” which indicates that households subscribing to two or more “multiplay” services are half as likely as unbundled consumers to drop their digital television service.

As per the report, unbundled pay digital television consumers were over two times more likely to drop their digital television service than bundled customers; 18 percent more bundled customers than unbundled would leave their digital television service unchanged, due to the need to scale back household spending. Unbundled broadband customers were also twice as likely as standalone or non-bundled customers to drop their service altogether.

The report estimated consumer attitudes towards their current economic situation, outlook for the future, past, current and future home entertainment and communications spend intentions, and prioritization of individual multiplay bundle components.

http://ip-pbx.tmcnet.com/topics/ip-pbx/articles/60682-report-multiplay-customers-half-as-likely-drop-digital.htm

19.    South Africa: What about competition?
Mybroadband.co.za – 24 July

The communications and broadcasting regulator has entrenched MultiChoice’s monopoly and missed an opportunity to introduce competition to the broadcasting sector, say stakeholders.

However, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) says allowing the new subscription broadcasters, licensed in 2007, to offer channels would give them an unfair advantage.

An industry insider on condition of anonymity said Icasa is “entrenching MultiChoice’s monopoly on yet another platform” by allocating spectrum space for digital broadcasters to M-Net and none of the other subscription broadcasters. The insider said that licenses were technologically neutral so there should be nothing stopping them from offering services over any platform, including digital television.

However, Icasa councilor Robert Nkuna said that allowing new entrants to broadcast a digital channel when current broadcasters would have to meet costs for both analogue and digital broadcasts would be unfair.

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Telecoms/8938.html

20.    USA: Last chance for digital TV converter box coupons
Los Angeles Times – 25 July

To aid television sets of the old analog type to process digital signals, the federal government has been issuing $40 coupons that nearly offset the price of the converter boxes, which may be purchased online or in consumer electronics stores.

The Commerce Department has said that it will accept applications for coupons only through Friday, 31 July. Applications are taken online at www.dtv2009.gov, and each household can receive a maximum of two coupons.

These converter boxes are required only for the older, analog sets that get their TV via over-the-air broadcasts.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-digitaltv25-2009jul25,0,4298951.story

21.    Scotland: Sale of Setanta slots pulls plug on Old Firm television channels
Sport.Scotsman.man – 26 July

Glasgow based Scottish football teams, CELTIC and Rangers are facing another broadcasting blow as their slots on digital television channels are to be auctioned following the collapse of Setanta, the in-house TV station of football clubs.

Celtic TV and Rangers TV have been off-air since Setanta went into administration on 23 June, depriving tens-of-thousands of Old Firm fans of their £140-a-year service.

London-based Canis Media has been appointed to sell Setanta’s nine slots and managing director Ed Hall said: "Having nine EPG slots available at one time is unprecedented and the collapse of Setanta has probably had the short term effect of driving values down, although there is a growth sector in new health and fitness channels at present. We have bids in for all nine EPG slots at present and will be presenting these to Deloitte early next week and would expect those sales to be confirmed soon after that."

Without an EPG slot, neither Celtic TV nor Rangers TV has a route to air their programming and it is understood neither has taken steps to acquire a slot directly. It is thought one English Premier League club is among the bidders.

That means neither Celtic TV nor Rangers TV, alongside English Premier League’s Arsenal TV, have a current route to air and with slots severely rationed due to technical limitations on some Sky decoder boxes, the prospects of establishing an on-air presence in the foreseeable future appear remote.

http://sport.scotsman.com/rangersfc/Sale-of-Setanta-slots-.5494066.jp

22.    Buffalo: Race to boost broadcast
The buffalo News – 26 July

On Aug. 8, a new race debuts that will help a cause in an entirely different category: preserving broadcasting history.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association will stage the 5K Celebrity Run/Walk on that date. It will start and finish at WNED-TV on Lower Terrace in Buffalo.

The association has rented a warehouse for storage of film and video footage from some of the news broadcasts of the 1960s and 1970s. It would like to convert the material into a digital format to make it more accessible. “We had a $10,000 grant offered to us if we can raise $10,000 on our own for our archive project. We did a fundraising membership and have raised close to half of the $10,000.We hope to raise the other half at this race.”

http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/744893.html

23.    Denmark: Digital TV creates headaches for local stations
Ice News – 26 July

As Denmark continues on its path to convert the nation’s television stations to a digital broadcasting system, many small stations are finding it difficult to meet the strict guidelines required by the government. The local broadcasters have until 1 November to make the changes or they will be left out in the cold.

The government has decided to ban any station broadcasting material deemed to “cause serious harm to minors’ physical, mental or moral development.”

The Copenhagen Post reports there are presently 286 local television stations around Denmark. Only nine of these are labelled non-commercial by the Culture Ministry’s Agency for Libraries and Media. This means nearly all Danish television will be much tamer and more morally rigid as of the first of November. Among the most affected are public stations like TV2 and DR, as well as countless small local stations.

One such station, Kanal Kobenhavn’s trouble is with its non-commercial broadcasts such as the pornography it shows late at night. The station has been showing these sexy movies for 25 years, but the new regulations forbid any content that contains pornography or gratuitous violence.   

http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2009/07/26/digital-tv-in-denmark-creates-headaches-for-local-stations/

24.    EchoStar’s ViP-TV to Deliver Video Transport Service to Virginia-Based IPTV Provider
Yahoo Finance – 27 July

EchoStar Satellite Services, a division of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), announced an agreement to deliver its ViP-TV(TM) video transport service to Citizens Cablevision Inc., a full service provider of digital television programming in Virginia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Citizens Telephone Cooperative. Citizens will receive transport of up to 42 popular high definition TV channels to its IP headend.

Citizens provides broadband data, video and voice services to residents and businesses in Southwest Virginia. Citizens Cablevision sought a platform that would enable it to offer competitive video services using its existing IP network.

EchoStar’s ViP-TV transport service offers a secure, MPEG-4 encoded IP stream of approximately 275 popular, broadcast-quality TV and music channels from a satellite located at 85 degrees W.L. ViP-TV can also provide satellite-delivered local TV channel aggregation in a telco’s designated market area in both high definition and standard definition (where available).

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/EchoStars-ViPTV-to-Deliver-iw-2367671659.html?x=0&.v=1

25.    Gen2Media and Clear Channel Team to Launch Internet Television for Orlando Radio Stations
Cloud Computing Journal – 27 July

Gen2Media Corporation (OTCBB: GTWO), a fully integrated digital media, technology and marketing company, today announced that, in accordance with its License and Advertising Agreement with Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc., on July 23, 2009, the Company officially launched "XLTV" for XL 106.7 on www.xl1067.com and "Real TV" for Real Radio 104.1 on www.wtks.com — both Clear Channel radio properties serving the Central Florida markets.

As a full end-to-end content producer and distributor, Gen2Media licenses and syndicates a library of digital content and original programming that has been processed through its proprietary, patented encoding technology. Gen2 then provides its clients with an easy-to-use system for managing their own online custom Internet TV channel that is compatible with their existing scheduling software and includes proprietary features such as time-of-day programming, seamless playback, drag-and-drop video management and ad loading. In addition, Gen2 provides turnkey management and marketing solutions to help its clients maximize traffic and viewership of the channels. Finally, the analytics and referral engine inherent in Gen2’s Digital Video Publisher Application provides real-time tracking and robust reporting capabilities of critical performance and user behavioral metrics.

http://au.sys-con.com/node/1049141

26.    MaxLinear, Hauppauge partner to deliver PCTV solution for ultra-mobile PCs
Datamonitor – 27 July

MaxLinear, a fabless semiconductor company, has partnered with Hauppauge Digital, a developer of analog and digital TV receiver products, to deliver an Advanced Television Systems Committee standards-based PCTV minicard for ultra-mobile PCs.
This partnership marks the first availability of a complete, embedded PCTV solution for the Netbook category of PCs.

MaxLinear has said that the minicard is based on MxL5007T, MaxLinear’s third-generation multi-standard true digital complementary metal oxide semiconductor silicon tuner. MxL5007T supports digital terrestrial TV standard, including Advanced Television Systems Committee, Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial, Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld and Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast.

According to MaxLinear, by implementing the minicard, UMPC makers will be able to take advantage of performance margin, simple implementation and reliable quality at a competitive price.

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2442898/

27.     BBC changes direction with broadband TV plan
Electronics Weekly – 27 July

The BBC is opening up its broadband TV project to a wider group of companies across the online and manufacturing industries. Project Canvas is a joint venture between the BBC, ITV and BT which is based on offering free-to-air services over broadband connections.    
There had been some criticism of the initiative, known as Project Canvas, not engaging with the broadband industry as a whole.

The BBC has decided to work more closely with the digital TV industry, which will include set-top manufacturers, on the development of Project Canvas. The group seems to be learning from the experiences of the government in its plans for the digital TV switchover. It widened the scope of its DTV initiative after some criticism that the views of groups such as manufacturers and retailers were not being taken in to account.

In fact it now seems likely that members of the Digital TV Group, the industry association for digital television in the UK, will become involved in Canvas. DTG members include Microsoft, Fujitsu and Pace.

The proposed timescale is to have first Canvas-enabled devices on the market next year. This will follow a consultation period due to end this autumn.

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/2009/07/27/46603/bbc-changes-direction-with-broadband-tv-plan.htm

28.    UK: Winter Hill banner marks countdown to digital TV
The Bolton News – 27 July

A HUGE banner will be installed on Winter Hill, today, to mark 100 days until the start of the digital TV switchover.

Children will join Jo Waters, Digital UK’s manager for the Granada TV region, unfurling a 100 sq metre banner at the 1,035-ft transmitter mast displaying the switchover date of November 4.

Digital UK is urging viewers to get ready for the date, when analogue television will start to be turned off.

A 20-page guide to the switchover is also being sent to all households in the area; and on-screen captions on analogue channels resume today, advising viewers to get ready.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/4513208.Winter_Hill_banner_marks_countdown_to_digital_TV/?ref=rss

29.    UK: Pace Pays Maiden Interim Div on Tripled 1H Profit
The Wall Street Journal – 27 July

U.K. television set-top box maker Pace PLC (PIC.LN) Monday announced a maiden interim dividend as first-half pretax profit nearly tripled, adding that it is on track to meet full-year expectations as its business continues to be boosted by the shift to digital television.

The firm, which makes devices for BSkyB PLC (BSY.LN) and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), is benefiting from high demand for digital and high-definition television services.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090727-703410.html

30.     Ukraine to host international conference on digital broadcasting technologies
Georgian business Week – 27 July

A leading conference on electronic media and communications in Eastern Europe will be hosted in Ukraine’s capital this fall. The seventh annual Eastern Europe Exhibition and Conference will be held in Kiev from October 21 through 23 to be known as “Ukraine on Air.”

“The goal of the conferences is to raise the professional level of mass media specialists by means of providing educational and training activity,” organizers proclaim on the conference website.
 
Organizers say the initiative will include preparations for Ukrainian broadcasters in anticipation of the UEFA Euro-2012 football match between Ukraine and Poland.
 
A three-day conference program incorporates the series of international scientific and practical events. Among them are conferences and seminars on telecommunications and broadband networks, satellite communications and cable TV operations, business forums and round table meetings on HDTV and cinema.
 
The project will try to introduce the most modern technologies and advanced world experience of video content production and broadcasting to the broadcasters and program service providers.

http://www.gbw.ge/news.aspx?sid=d44412ee-5b02-44e9-a626-5b399d8a7fc1

DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT


31.    UK: 3.1 million Blu-ray discs sold in 2009
Digital Spy – 1 July

The British Video Association (BVA) has revealed that 3.1 million Blu-ray discs have been sold in the UK since the start of 2009. Around 900 entertainment retail stores have now closed since the start of the year, including the Woolworths and Zavvi chains going into administration.

BVA director general, Lavinia Carey said that persuading the consumers to opt of legitimate download services would be help in combating the problem of online piracy. 

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/digitaltv/a162949/31-million-blu-ray-discs-sold-in-2009.html

32.    New Report on Global Digital Rights Management
The Business Wire – 7 July 2009

A market research survey on worldwide markets for Digital Rights Management (DRM) was released recently. Based on its key application areas, DRM is broadly classified and analyzed under the following three segments in this report: Media & Entertainment DRM, Enterprise DRM, and Software DRM. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2006 through 2015. A six-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets.

Digital rights management (DRM) refers to access control technologies that can be used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to ensure limitations on digital content and devices usage. It refers to any technology which inhibits uses of digital content that were not desired or foreseen by the content provider. It can also refer to restrictions associated with specific instances of digital works or devices. Digital rights management is being used by many digital companies such as Sony, Apple Inc., Microsoft and the BBC.

http://4g-wirelessevolution.tmcnet.com/news/2009/07/07/4260319.htm

33.    IKON to Implement Digital Rights Management Solutions
The Business Wire – 14 July

IKON Office Solutions, Inc., a Ricoh company, today announced that it will add Fasoo.com digital rights management (DRM) solutions to its Premier Partner Program, further enhancing the company’s integrated portfolio of document management solutions.

IKON Office Solutions, Inc. (www.ikon.com), a Ricoh company, is a leading provider of innovative document management systems and services, enabling customers to improve document workflow and increase efficiency. IKON integrates copiers, printers and MFP technologies, and document management software and systems, to deliver tailored, high-value solutions, implemented and supported by its team of services professionals.
Fasoo.com, a Seoul based company provides DRM solutions that control the use of valuable documents and Web content. Fasoo.com DRM solutions secure digital information through encryption technologies that limit document access to authorized users.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090714006053&newsLang=en

34.    Bell defends its Internet-management technologies
Calgary Herald – 14 July

For more than a year, Bell Canada Inc. has faced criticism for its practice of slowing down or "managing" Internet traffic on both its own network and the network space it sells wholesale to third-party providers.

Recently, Bell executives appeared before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to defend the firm’s Internet-management technologies following six days of public hearings and 15 months after the initial complaint that prompted the proceedings was lodged against the telecom giant by the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP).

Bell, as well as other ISPs that employ similar practices involving peer-to-peer (P2P) Internet traffic — often used to transfer large files such as videos — argue the technology is necessary to ease congestion and prevent P2P traffic from crowding out other forms of Web data.

Bell’ Canada Inc. has proposed the following guidelines for the use of traffic management practices:

1. ISPs should make reasonable efforts to limit the negative impacts of Internet traffic management practices (ITMPs) on users. Implicit in the determination of what is "reasonable" is the recognition that different networks face different problems and therefore ISPs require the flexibility to reflect those distinctions.

2. ISPs should disclose to customers the nature of implemented ITMPs in a manner that does not compromise the security of networks and commercially sensitive information.

3. ISPs should implement ITMPs in a manner consistent with applicable privacy laws.
    http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1790640

35.    Apple Drops DRM Case against Bluwiki
PC World – 22 July

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Apple are standing down over a legal dispute involving the Web site Bluwiki. Apple is no longer going after Bluwiki’s operators for what it says was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and in return EFF has dropped its own lawsuit against Apple.

Apple’s legal counsel, O’Melveny & Myers, went after the iPodhash project in late 2008. iPodhash’s developers sought to reverse-engineer elements of Apple’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology, and Apple’s legal counsel claimed this violated aspects of the DMCA which involve the circumvention of file protection.

Apple’s lawyers then e-mailed Bluwiki, a site involved in the creation of wiki pages, for its role in distributing information about the iPodhash project. This raised the ire of the EFF, which said that what Apple was doing was tantamount to trying to quash Bluwiki’s right to free speech, and that no violation of the DMCA had taken place.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/168879/apple_drops_drm_case_against_bluwiki.html

36.    Canada: Copyright rules must protect innovation
CBC News – 26 July

Public consultation which began on 20 July, on the proposed changes to the Copyright laws have elicited heated discussion from content owners, consumers and academicians, especially in respect of the ban on breaking “digital locks.”

Digital lock is a software or firmware that restricts the use of music and movie files on different operating systems and devices in an effort to protect copyright and prevent illegal distribution.

Groups such as the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists say digital locks or digital rights management (DRM) are an "important issue in terms of preventing piracy."

On the other hand, Canadian Association of University Teachers have argued that such a ban would hurt research and education.

Canada has a strong cryptography and security services industry, and the opponents of digital locks contend that research would be hampered by a requirement to seek permission from the rights holder before breaking digital locks — something that type of research doesn’t lend itself to.

University of Ottawa law Prof. Michael Geist said the past decade has proven that DRM has been "largely a failure." It has found little consumer acceptance and done little to discourage file sharing in the U.S., where there is a longstanding ban on breaking all digital locks, he said. On his blog, Geist argued against a similar ban in Canada, saying there are many legitimate reasons to circumvent a digital lock and there is no international legal requirement to institute such a ban.

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/07/24/tech-copyright-digital-locks.html

37.    China Committed To Digital Content Management and Protection
Economic Information Daily – 16 July

At the ISO/IECJTC1 (International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission First Joint Technical Committee) Meeting on 15 July, China’s Technical Standards Institute director Gao Lin, noted that with the development of digital rights management technology, and digital content management tools, the lack of interoperability between products was causing much inconvenience.

A study group had been formed in 2008 which now has 11 national members, working with IECTC100 (International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee No. 100), ISO/IECJTC1SC29 (section 29 sub-technical committee) and the DVB-TM (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting), DMP (Digital Media Project) and other relevant organizations and research groups to establish the relationship between the co-ordinators and to participate in specific work.

The main focus of the group is to follow-up of the international protection of digital content management and the standardization of information, survey the field of industry and application needs and expectations of problem. In its first meeting, the domestic and foreign experts agreed that the digital content management and protection goals should include: to ensure that the figures were reasonable and legitimate use of resources to protect the long-term access to digital resources, digital resources to ensure that the original collection and preservation of digital content use, dissemination of the history can be traced back to ensure a smooth digital content and easy access to the complex network environment.

http://finance.ifeng.com/roll/20090716/943529.shtml

38.    AP Preparing New Copyright Management System
EWeek.com – 27 July

The Associated Press is developing a new copyright management method that it believes will better protect its news articles, photos and videos from unauthorized use on the Internet.

AP is now testing a microformat that will include metadata and rights information in a content wrapper that will be added to each news item as it is pushed out to the AP network. The system will register key identifying information about each piece of content that AP distributes as well as the terms of use of that content into a storage database. It also will employ a built-in piece of spyware the AP calls a "beacon" to notify the AP and licensed publishers about how the content is used.
This microformat for news was developed by the AP and endorsed earlier this month by the Media Standards Trust, a London-based nonprofit research and development organization that has asked news organizations to adopt consistent news formats for online content.
 
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Data-Storage/AP-Preparing-New-Copyright-Management-System-383361/

P2P Networks and ISP LIABILITY

39.    Michael Jackson Search Demand Explodes Across P2P Networks Worldwide
Mi2N.com – 8 July

Brand Asset Digital, the distributed technologies company (P2P search marketing, P2P live streaming and P2P business Intelligence), announced that search demand across all major P2P protocols for Michael Jackson and related keyword searches have far surpassed 250 million queries worldwide with an estimated 4+ billion impressions on those searches since the singer’s passing on June 25th 2009.

P2Panalytics’ data suggests that in the two weeks since Michael’s untimely passing, file sharing demand of the late artist is more than 100 times that of the reported 2-3+ million downloads of tracks and albums on iTunes and digital download stores based on data from SoundScan (Nielsen Soundscan). There are over 500 million computers worldwide with P2P applications and growing.

http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=121309

40.    Private P2P Networks Add Trust to File Sharing
PC World – 10 July

Stephane Herry says that he founded his private file-sharing network GigaTribe out of frustration at not being able to share files with his friends on Kazaa. Every time he searched for a file that he knew a friend had uploaded, he saw only similar files uploaded by strangers. Herry’s idea is proving to be popular.

Some of the biggest names in public peer-to-peer file sharing now offer private alternatives. In its latest release, venerable file-sharing client LimeWire now allows users to share files privately with contacts that it pulls from Google or LiveJournal contact lists. Azureus Vuze, a popular BitTorrent client, added a FriendBoost feature to speed torrent downloads by sharing them within a group of trusted users.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/168011/private_p2p_networks_add_trust_to_file_sharing.html

41.    Australia: Govt to explore Google ‘Safe Harbour’
ZDNet – 15 July

According to the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy’s Future Directions paper released recently, the Australian Government will consider whether the scope of the safe harbour scheme should be expanded to include additional types of online service providers.

The scheme is also at the centre of the legal battle between AFACT and iiNet, with AFACT arguing that the ISP failed to alert its customers to acts of copyright infringement.

The consultation paper on which the Future Directions paper was based asked stakeholders whether the scheme should be broadened; whether Australia’s copyright law limited internet services; and whether any non-copyright law created uncertainty.
Responses that were handed to the government earlier this year fell along expected lines. Google and Yahoo had argued in their submissions that the provision should be expanded to their operations, while the International Intellectual Property Alliance, the Australian Performing Right Association, the Australian Recording Industry Association and the Australian Publishers Association argued strongly against expansion.

Google argued that its inability to use safe harbours was inconsistent with provisions in the US and New Zealand, and said it was at a disadvantage to ISPs and telcos in Australia that can use it as a defence. It also argued its exclusion from the scheme may prevent further investments in Australia.

"Google submits that a lack of safe harbour will be highlighted as a serious potential risk factor — potentially making Australia a less attractive venue to set up business," Google Australia’s head of government and regulatory affairs Carolyn Dalton wrote in the company’s submission.

Telstra’s Sensis similarly argued for the expansion of the provision to remove uncertainty over how it deals with counterfeit products sold on its web service.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/print.htm?TYPE=story&AT=339297413-130061791t-110000003c

42.    UK SURVEY: Teens Prefer Streaming to P2P
ZeroPaid.com – 15 July

The Leading Question, a consumer research company dedicated to providing insight into the world of digital music, has released the results of a survey it conducted with over 1000 music fans aged 14-64 that provides some interesting insight into the state of illegal file-sharing in the UK.

It found that the overall percentage of music fans file-sharing regularly (i.e. every month) has gone down since the last national survey. In December 2007 22% regularly file-shared tracks, but in January 2009 this was down to 17%, a comparative drop of nearly a quarter.

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/86655/uk-survey-teens-prefer-streaming-to-p2p/

43.     New Zealand proposes new "3 strikes" process for P2P users
Ars Technica – 15 July

Under the government’s new plan, Internet disconnection remains on the table, as do fines. But the plan also gives those accused of infringement more power to contest the claims, to use mediation, and to (possibly) appeal penalties to the regular legal system.
When rights holders first detect online copyright infringement, they must send a notice to an Internet service provider. This notice must be forwarded by the ISP to the proper subscriber.

If infringement continues to take place, rights holders may then send a "cease and desist notice" through the ISP (throughout this process, the rights holder still has no idea about the identity of the individual hidden behind the IP address). The accused can contest these notices, and the ISP will make a judgment on whether they have merit.

If infringement continues after a cease-and-desist notice, rights holders can then go to the new Copyright Tribunal and request the identifying information for the subscriber in question. (This process takes the place of filing a copyright infringement lawsuit and seeking a subpoena from the court.)

At this point, the rights holder can contact alleged infringers directly, notifying them that an allegation of "repeat copyright infringement" has been filed with the Tribunal. The accused can then request mediation, if desired; otherwise, the Copyright Tribunal will rule and can impose fines or cut off Internet access.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/new-zealand-proposes-new-3-strikes-process-for-p2p-users.ars

44.    Men are Bigger Pirates, Study Finds
PC world – 19 July

Research by the network integration specialist, Telindus revealed that 50 percent of men never pay for online content compared to 38 percent of women, even though 59 percent said they were aware of internet piracy laws.

Telindus also said that 60 percent of web users don’t believe that musicians should profit from their singles and music videos being downloaded online.

Those in the 16- to 24-year-old age group proved to be the most knowledgeable when it comes to online piracy, with 57 percent revealing they know which websites to visit to illegally download content, compared to a third of 25- to 34-year-olds.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/168668/men_are_bigger_pirates_study_finds.html

45.    Music, Software Heads Stump for Tougher IP Laws
InternetNews.com – 20 July

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke joined the heads of several industry associations this afternoon to unveil a new report highlighting the economic contribution of the copyright industries.

The report, commissioned by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, a consortium of seven trade associations such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), found that from 2003 through 2007, core copyright industries accounted for about 6.4 percent of U.S. GDP.

In 2007, the most recent year data is available, core copyright industries were a $13.8 billion business, providing jobs that paid better on average than other sectors and growing at a faster rate than overall GSP, the report found. It also warned of the continued threat from both physical and digital piracy, at home and abroad.

http://www.internetnews.com/government/article.php/3830826

46.    Spanish Judge Rules Not-For-Profit P2P is Legal
Zeropaid.com – 20 July

In a suit brought by a coalition of the Spain’s entertainment industry against eD2K website elrincondejesus, the judge noted that P2P networks, as a mere transmission of data between Internet users, does not violate, in principle, any right protected by the Intellectual Property Law.” In particular, he said that P2P transfers are not one of the clear and specific behaviors that the law forbids, in particular reproduction, distribution and public communication without authorization.

The website owner defended itself on the grounds that it only provided links to content much like Google or any of the other search engines out there and never had any advertisements.

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/86666/spanish-judge-rules-not-for-profit-p2p-is-legal/

47.    Pirate sites return in legal form
BBC News – 20 July

Peer-to-peer download sites Kazaa and The Pirate Bay are set to return with a new, legal subscription model.

Kazaa is expected to launch in the US this week as a monthly subscription service, costing $20 (£12) per month for unlimited downloads. It will issue songs in the Windows Media format, with DRM that will restrict use of downloaded content to five computers or devices.

While Pirate Bay is expected to re-launch in August, and the firm is developing plans to charge a monthly fee to use the service. That fee would be reduced if users shared their downloaded content or allowed the service to utilise the storage space on their computers.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8159560.stm

48.    P2P Collection Costs Man Huge Fine, Suspended Sentence
Ethiopian News – 21 July

A man who downloaded 12,591 music tracks, 426 movies and 16 full TV-series has been sentenced in France. The police searched the 55 year-old’s house in connection with an unrelated matter and stumbled across his collection. The man was sentenced to 33,000 euros ($46,200) in damages and a 2 month suspended jail sentence.


http://www.ethiopianreview.com/articles/16427

49.    Kiwi Minister suggests ISP tax for P2P
Zeropaid.com – 22 July   

Clare Curran, New Zealand’s Shadow Minister for Information and Communications Technology, has  posted a blog entry suggesting the country consider a licensing fee on Internet connections to break the current impasse between ISPs, copyright holders, and the public on how to solve the problem of illegal file-sharing.
    

Curran proposes four ideas to tackle the problem:

1.    Education about copyright is very important. Government has an important role to play and copyright education should become a part of the school curriculum and be integrated right through our education system. A public education campaign is also needed for people to understand that protecting the rights of people who create content is important.

2.    We should enable people to access the information/material they seek. And consider introducing a licensing fee attached to internet service provider (ISP) connections. This fee would then be collected and distributed by an external agency amongst copyright holders.  In order to work, it would need the buy in of all ISPs and rights holders. It would likely be focused on New Zealand copyright content first.

3.    Establishment of an independent rights agency to distribute fees and rule on disputes.  We still need an enforcement regime and a rights agency could also have the power to investigate and adjudicate on copyright disputes and alleged infringements aka the Section 92A model. However, I am of the view that internet disconnection is not a viable option. It simply won’t work and will drive hard core copyright infringers more underground. Financial penalties are more likely to work.

4.    A commitment to protect NZ content first. It’s our heritage, and the people who create NZ content must be able to make a living from their work and have that work valued.
http://www.zeropaid.com/news/86691/kiwi-minister-suggests-isp-tax-for-p2p/

50.    Researchers Outline Targeted Content Poisoning for P2P Data
IT Slashdot.org – 23 July

Two USC researchers published a paper in the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Computers that describes a technique for p2p content poisoning targeted exclusively at detected copyright violators. Using identity-based signatures and time-stamped tokens they report a 99.9 percent prevention rate in Gnutella, KaZaA, and Freenet and a 85-98 percent prevention rate on eMule, eDonkey, and Morpheus. Poison-resilient networks based on the BitTorrent protocol are not affected. Also the system can’t protect small files, like a single-song MP3.

http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/07/24/0040212/Researchers-Outline-Targeted-Content-

Poisoning-For-P2P-Data?

51.     Korea:  New Online Copyright Law “Baffles Users”
Korea Times – 21 July

Critics argue that the loose definition of “copyrighted content,” which could be anything from films and music to news stories and blog postings, makes the new law over-the-top.

A debate over the law’s excessiveness was triggered earlier this month when Naver (www.naver.com), the country’s most popular Web site, decided to delete a video clip of a five-year-old girl singing and dancing to a Son Dam-bi song, which had been posted by users of its blog services.

The move was criticized severely in the blogosphere, although Naver countered that it was only responding to a complaint by the Korea Music Copyright Association. The Internet companies aren’t taking any chances when the new anti-file sharing provisions could have severe ramifications to their business.

SK Communications, the operator of popular social networking service, Cyworld (www.cyworld.com), and Web portal, Nate (www.nate.com), has been alerting its users about the legal changes through messages on its Web sites since last week.

The company is telling its users that the use of copyrighted images and videos on blogs or Web communities will be strictly prohibited, and that also goes for movie lines, song lyrics and book excerpts.

SK Communications also warns that those goofy parodies of movie posters or video clips of school girls singing and dancing to the latest Wonder Girls tune won’t be allowed when the new law kicks in. And forget about posting restaurant reviews or traveling journals to blogs unless you wrote them yourself, based on the list of possible violations provided by the company.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2009/07/123_48856.html

52.     Seizing mobile phones in cinemas will not win the war on piracy
Guardian – 22 July

If you go to a preview screening in Leicester Square – a privilege given to press, entertainment industry VIPs and punters who win phone-in prizes – you’ll be asked to leave your mobile phone in a bag behind a counter at the front of the cinema.

The film industry says this is a necessary precaution against the hypothetical losses that would result should someone use a mobile phone to "camcord" (record from the audience) a pre-release movie and leak it online. The film Wolverine (panned by 63% of critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which also reports a $177,288,905 box office gross to date) is often cited as an example of how a film can be harmed by pre-release leaks. Also cited is Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) research claiming the majority of pirate movies on the internet and sold on the street start as camcordered movies.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jul/22/piracy-film-mobile-phones

53.    Korea:  Repeat-Offender Internet Piracy Law Takes Effect
The Chosun Ilbo – 24 July

A new Internet anti-piracy law has gone into effect to protect the copyrights of creative works in cyberspace.

Under the so-called "three strikes" law, people making commercial gains through illegal uploads will receive three warnings before getting their online storage service or P2P user accounts shut down for a maximum of six months.

Offenders of the anti-piracy law will also be unable to use other Internet accounts registered with their name during that period.

A penalty of up to W10 million (US$1=W1,249) will be imposed if an online service provider does not abide by the order to shut down the accounts.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/07/24/2009072400674.html    

OTHER NEWS

54.     Ringtones Royalty battle
P2PNet News – 2 July

The Center for Democracy and Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation and and Public Knowledge want a US federal court to reject what the three organisations are calling “bogus copyright claims” in a ringtone royalties battle.

Demands by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) could raise costs for consumers, jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation, they say.

“Millions of Americans have bought musical ringtones, often clips from favorite popular songs, for their mobile phones,” says an EFF statement. They further aver, “Mobile phone carriers pay royalties to song owners for the right to sell these snippets to their customers”. But, “as part of a ploy to squeeze more money out of the mobile phone companies,” ASCAP  has told a federal court each time a phone rings in a public place, “the phone user has violated copyright law”.

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/24369

55.    MPEG Global Conference points the way to Ultra HD online services
Moving Picture Experts Group – 3 July

During its 89th meeting, MPEG evaluated responses that were received on the Call for Evidence on High-Performance Video Coding (HVC), issued to obtain evidence of video coding technology providing compression capability clearly higher than that provided by the existing AVC standard (ITU-T H.264 | ISO/IEC 14496-10).

The AVC standard (ITU-T H.264 | ISO/IEC 14496-10) was further extended with the issuing of a Final Draft Amendment (FDAM) ballot containing the specification of two new profiles and new supplemental enhancement information.  The first of the new profiles is the Constrained Baseline Profile, which forms the maximally-interoperable set of coding tools from the most widely deployed of existing profiles (the Baseline and High Profiles).  The second new profile is a special case of multivew video coding (MVC) called the Stereo High Profile.  The Stereo High profile enables all of the coding tools of the High Profile along with inter-view prediction capability for two-view (stereo) video applications such as 3D entertainment video.

Additionally, a new supplemental enhancement information (SEI) message has been defined for AVC.  This new message – called the frame packing arrangement SEI message – enables the encoder to indicate to the decoder how to extract two distinct views of a video scene from a single decoded frame.  The message also serves as a way to support stereo-view video in applications that require full compatibility with prior decoder designs that are not capable of supporting the new Stereo High Profile.

MPEG also published a new call for proposals (N10526) with updated requirements (N10235) for an extension of the Media Context and Control project.
MPEG has also advanced to the Committee Draft stage four parts of MPEG-V.  The first part describes the architecture of the standard. The second part, “Control Information”, provides metadata representation of device capabilities and user preferences to be used for the information exchange between a controlling device and the real actuator or sensors.

The third part, “Sensory Information”, provides metadata to represent sensory effects such as temperature, wind, vibration, fog, and more. The fourth part, “Avatar Characteristics”, provides metadata to commonly represent information about Avatars for the exchange of virtual characters between virtual worlds.

http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/meetings/london09/london_press.htm

56.    CASBAA & Kagan promoting AP multi-channel video
Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia – 8 July

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) and SNL Kagan, a provider of financial and operational information and insight on the global media and communications sector, have announced a joint initiative to provide valuable market information to the broadcast and advertising industry across the region.

The alliance enables CASBAA members to access SNL Kagan’s global multichannel video market data via www.casbaa.com, with further analysis available via CASBAA’s dedicated advertising portal, ‘ATAC’ (http://atac.casbaa.com), which represents the Asia TV Advertising Coalition (ATAC). With 44 subscription-based channels, ATAC represents the majority of regional TV advertising expenditure in Asia Pacific.

http://www.casbaa.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=7f836a2b526b4b2baac13f6cefbd73f5

57.     Sandvine Unveils New Bandwidth Cop
Lightreading.com – 23 July

Sandvine Inc. (London: SAND; Toronto: SVC) has launched a new release of its Fairshare traffic management system, adding new capabilities that, it claims, will help cable MSOs, telcos, and wireless Internet service providers do a better job keeping network congestion in check.

Sandvine says the new release, version 2.0, has been deployed by four as yet unidentified service providers that reach a combined 20 million Internet subscribers.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is Sandvine’s most high profile Fairshare customer: The MSO deployed the platform in January 2009 as a "protocol agnostic" system following criticism of its earlier traffic management policy that throttled some upstream peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=179572&site=cdn

58.    Mobile broadband usage rises 30%
Emirates Business – 27 July

Mobile broadband connections have crossed the 150 million mark worldwide, according to industry reports.

Allot Communications, a leader in internet protocol services optimisation, said that worldwide mobile data bandwidth usage had increased significantly by 30 per cent during the second quarter of 2009.

Asia leads the growth with 36 per cent; Europe posted 28 per cent growth and the Americas 25 per cent

The Allot report showed that subscribers, particularly heavy data users, do not distinguish between their fixed and mobile networks, and seem to expect the same service from the internet, irrespective of their access method. By extension, today’s mobile operators face the same challenges as their wireline counterparts, but with more technological limitations. All of these problems are exacerbated by the network infrastructure where the cells can serve as natural bandwidth bottlenecks, often greatly contributing to network congestion and delay.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8159560.stm

59.    BigBand offers uniform approach to video delivery
CTAM SmartBrief – 27 July

BigBand Networks is rolling out a new product called Converged Video Exchange, a technology that will offer cable providers a technologically uniform platform from which to deliver and manage linear and nonlinear channels, video on demand and broadband video. CVEx, as it is known, is meant to eliminate the architectural boundaries between traditional MPEG set-top boxes and devices such as personal computers, mobile phones and next-generation set-tops.

http://www.smartbrief.com/news/ctam/storyDetails.jsp?issueid=F017DC53-BFBB-48A0-B95A-BE04B98C1B83&copyid=D913E49A-98CD-4A5E-93A5-A610647DE54B

60.    SMPTE Opens Attendee Registration and Launches New Web Site for Annual Tech Conference and Expo
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers – 28 July

SMPTE  announced the official opening of attendee registration and the launch of a pre-event registration Web site http://www.smpte2009.org/ for its Annual Tech Conference and Expo.

This year’s event takes place from Oct. 27 – 29, 2009 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. and will feature a rich variety of content and activities. They include a high-profile keynote speaker; leading media, software, and display experts; exhibits; and professional networking events – including a special reception and screening sponsored by Warner Bros. A special seminar – Advanced Media Workflows and MXF – produced by the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) will precede the Conference and Expo on Oct. 26.

The Conference and Expo will also feature numerous technical sessions to address key industry issues and opportunities. Led by industry experts, session topics range from the latest developments in display technologies and advances in digital monitoring/control, audio, and networking to 3D content distribution and stereoscopic production techniques.

http://www.smpte.org/news/pr/view?item_key=cec5003282a23e9e69e2a8f7005caf294b574172

61.    UK: Sky confirms 3D TV launch
Broadband TV News – 30 July

BSkyB has announced plans to launch the UK’s first 3D television service. The move comes after the satcaster reported the highest increase in subscriber numbers for five years. The launch of push VOD is also slated for 2010.

The new 3D channel is expected to offer a broad mix of programming including movies, entertainment and sport. It will use the existing HD infrastructure, meaning that the 1.313 million Sky+ HD households will already have the reception technology in place, though the purchase of a compatible 3DTV set will be required.

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/07/30/sky-growth-highest-in-five-years/

62.    China establishes “Creativity Depository”
Southcn.com – 16 July    

A national “Creativity Depository” has been established in Beijing, backed by 84 national law firms with more than 400 experts in the fields of human rights,  copyright, digital copyright protection technology, administrative complaints, the copyright identification, investigation and evidence collection, human rights litigation and other legal rights of copyright advice and services.   

The depository may offer “an objective solution to the copyright infringement cases”, and assist with difficulties of burden of proof and evidence. It will offer Internet-based electronic notarization, it will provide digital preservation of evidence, the protection of corporate trade secrets, copyright of digital works protection, copyright registration, and digital services.

http://cartoon.southcn.com/ctnews/movement/content/2009-07/22/content_5400410.htm

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