CCP Managing Director Moderates Panel Discussion for Short Films

CCP MANAGING DIRECTOR MODERATES PANEL DISCUSSION FOR SHORT FILMS

Isa Seow moderated a short films panel in Singapore this month.

Sinema Showoff! “The Balik Kampung Collection”


Sinema Showoff! returns with “The Balik Kampung Collection”,
a selection of short films by Malay directors or with Malay /
Indonesian themes, carefully curated by Singapore Polytechnic in
consultation with Singapore Malay Film Society (SMFS).


This
month’s Sinema Showoff! was held on the 27th of April, 7.30pm at Sinema
Old School (11B Mount Sophia, B1-12, Singapore 228466).


All filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A and
photo taking session.
 
1. LOVE, DIFFERENCES
 
Alvin Chia | English | 10 mins | PG
Nominee, Best Art Direction – Singapore Short Film Awards 2010.

A love story, between a Malay madrasah student, Ahmad, and a convent girl, Rebecca.
 
Director’s Bio:


Alvin Chia graduated with a Diploma in Multimedia Technology from
Singapore Polytechnic.??He is currently doing his undergraduate studies
at National University of Singapore (NUS).

 
2. FIGHTING FIT
Sulaiman Salamon | English & Malay | 4 mins | PG
Nominee – Best Fiction, Singapore Short Film Awards 2010


In the film a young man wants to inflict personal injury on himself in
order to avoid being assigned to infantry unit for his two years of
National Service. He convinces a friend to assist him in his plot.
However, both of them get into a verbal fight over the issue and he
faces a moment of truth before the act is committed.  The film touches
on the psychology of wanting something so badly that one is willing to
inflict pain upon oneself to achieve his goal.

Director’s Bio:


Sulaiman Salamon graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2004 with a
Diploma in Film, Sound and Video. Upon completing his National Service,
Sulaiman started working as a video editor with various production
houses, doing mostly programs for MediaCorp’s Suria TV Channel. He is
currently pursuing a degree at Chapman University, Singapore.

 
3. POTONG ANDAM
Hidayah Amin | English & Malay | 7 mins | PG


Potong Andam is an old Malay ritual which brides undergo to determine
their virginity. The film gives a glimpse of the forgotten ritual and
the life of Nur, a modern woman who struggles with her personal beliefs
and that of her elders.

Director’s Bio:

Hidayah Amin is a
member in Media Development Authority(MDA)’s Film Consultative Panel.
 Hidayah works full-time as a media producer in Ministry of Education
(MOE) developing educational videos, audio programmes and interactive
resources.


A political science graduate, Hidayah was educated
in Singapore (NUS), France and the US where she was a Fulbright scholar
at Lehigh University.  At year end, Hidayah will be pursuing her
post-graduate studies at Cambridge University.

 
4. SANTAN (COCONUT MILK)
Farhan Zulkifli | Malay | 8 mins | G
Official Selection – Singapore International Film Festival 2010


Adam walks home from school with a new girl he met. When he was trying
to run away from the madman who lives near his home, his file fell out
of his bag. At home, he realizes he has lost his file but was asked by
his mother to buy coconut milk. Instead of buying the coconut milk, he
met up with the new girl and went in search of his lost file.

Director’s Bio:

Completed a diploma in Film, Media & TV from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and currently serving his National Service.
 
5. MY FATHER SAZALI
Sazali bin Masraji | Malay | 17 mins | PG


The story depicts a barber’s unfulfilled aspirations to be an actor and
his quest in preventing his son from following his footsteps as a
barber. Ironically, the father’s failure in achieving his dream serves
as a symbol of motivation for the son in pursuing his own ambition,
much to the dismay of the father.
 
Director’s Bio:

Sazali
Masraji is a freelance cameraman for various production companies. My
Father Sazali is the first official short film that he wrote and
directed.


Sazali’s father an ardent P. Ramlee fan named him
after the film ‘My Son Sazali’. This film is the director’s tribute to
his father.

6. WEDLOCK
Haidar Afandi | Dialogue-Less | 4 mins | PG (Scene of Intimacy)
Official Selection – Singapore International Film Festival 2010

An exposition to an interracial relationship, where fairytale endings are often not ‘happily ever after’.
Director’s Bio:


Haidar holds a Diploma in Digital Media Design from Nanyang Polytechnic
and currently pursuing a Degree in Digital Filmmaking from Nanyang
Technological University (NTU).

7. RARE FISH (IKAN LANGKA) (Curator’s Pick)
Basil Mironer | Bahasa Indonesia | 11 mins | PG
Sonje Award – Pusan International Film Festival 2009
First Prize – Tisch Asia Category, First Run Film Festival 2010
Winner – Best Art Direction, Singapore Short Film Awards 2010
Nominee – Best Director, Singapore Short Film Awards 2010
Nominee – Best Fiction, Singapore Short Film Awards 2010

rare fish


The measure of life in a small, remote fishing village is tested when a
young boy strives to catch up to the adults. Filmed in Bintan,
Indonesia.

Director’s Bio:

Born in Moscow, Russia, Basil
Mironer immigrated to America in the late 1980s. After witnessing a
fellow student’s seizure from a flickering screen, he redirected his
passion to storytelling through film and video.  Basil has lived worked
and studied in Italy, Spain & the US.  In 2007, Basil was invited
to study at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia as one of thirty-three
MFA students.


Since living in Singapore, he has honed his
directing and cinematography skills on various global productions. From
coastal Indonesian fishing villages, chaotic Indian streets, and
cosmopolitan Southeast Asian cities; Basil continues to grow as an
international filmmaker and hopes to set up base in Singapore.



All directors will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the
screening of the films. The session will be moderated by Isa Seow,
Managing Director, Centre for Content Protection (CCP).

 
Moderator’s Bio:


Isa Seow is a spokesperson for the content distribution and protection
industry in Asia. As CCP Managing Director, Seow is responsible for
developing its memberships, activities, and leading strategic content
protection initiatives in Asia-Pacific. Institutional and Advisory
members of the CCP are HBO, Astro, Thomson, Nagravision, Verimatrix,
Disney, NDS, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Centre for
Media Law (University of Melbourne) and the Media Development Authority
of Singapore (MDA).


Seow has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from
Harvard University and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge
University. He has lectured at the Department of Communications and New
Media at the National University of Singapore.


Seow has a
healthy respect for original content, arising out of his teenage career
in the 1990s when he was a signed major label recording artist.

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Conclusion of 3rd Digital Future Symposium China, Beijing 2010

CONCLUSION OF 3RD DIGITAL FUTURE SYMPOSIUM CHINA, BEIJING 2010

 
 
Major
content owners and technology providers met in Beijing on the 24 March
2010 for the Digital Future Symposium (DFS) event organised by the
Centre for Content Protection (CCP) to discuss the future of digital
distribution in China and the Asia region. Amongst the attendees were
government officials, technology providers, content protection
companies and legal practitioners. 119 people from all over Asia
attended, including those from the United States, Europe and China.



The
event partnered CDTV, a local Chinese TV publication and entity, with
the Motion Picture Association’s representative office in China. 



The
meeting found that China’s State Council has announced the decision to
advance the three-network convergence (Telecom, broadcast TV and
internet) to introduce new services and drive consumption. The
convergence network solution will enable audience to enjoy more TV
programs. New distribution channels are inspiring new revenue streams.
Hot discussion remains on how to balance between content owners’
legitimate rights and public interests. 



China’s
State Administration for Radio, Film and TV (SARFT) opened the meeting
with its keynote speaker Wang Xiao Jie. The meeting found a keen
interest between Chinese companies to partner with content companies
and foreign entities. It was found, however, there are still some
misalignments regarding the role of copyright in China and protection
of intellectual property. On a more positive note, there are strong
indications that piracy and copyright infringement are beginning to be
questioned as business models for UGC and Internet sites. 



In
the New Media panel, the attendees found that new and upcoming media
for entertainment include mobile as a key delivery mode for movies and
TV in future. Mobile content was seen as the area which would bring new
business and revenues to content owners and producers in the Asian
region including China.



Another
important finding was the possibility of legal recourse for companies
seeking court action against piracy in China.  The legal panel found
that while the process remained significantly complicated for foreign
companies to address piracy issues in the Chinese courts, it is not
impossible to do so and there are now cases to reflect.


The
technology panelists found interest in the China market for content
protection. For content companies to invest and participate in China
business, strong and dependable content security is required. It was
found that content protection enables pay-per-view and other legitimate
business models in various platforms. Content protection is provided
for by content protection companies in the region who are also members
of the CCP. 



The
increasing occurrences of piracy and "control-word sharing" in content
protection inform content producers that there is much work to be done:
and that security cannot be overlooked when delivering high value
content on broadcast channels. "Control-word sharing" is an example
where a hacker obtains the codes to a specific set-top box, and
redistributes the code over the Internet to enable larger illegitimate
channels. 



The
conference overall identified that content distribution and delivery
very much remains hot topics in China and it is envisaged that new
business models will accompany the rise of mobile in China.
 
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Pictures from our recent DFS China! View them here! Videos coming soon..

Pictures from our recent DFS China! View them here! Videos coming soon..

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Check out presentation slides from our recent DFS China!

Check out presentation slides from our recent DFS China!

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CCP Industry Updates – March + April

DIGITAL MEDIA DIGEST – MARCH 2010

 

A. DIGITAL TELEVISION

1.     ATSC Hosts Mobile DTV Seminar – Press Release
Advanced Television Systems Committee – 3 February

The
Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) hosted an informative
Mobile DTV technology conference to help key stakeholders prepare for
the era of digital television (DTV) broadcasting to mobile and handheld
devices.

The event provided attendees with information about Mobile
DTV technology and related industry activities, underscoring the
momentum behind the new ATSC Mobile DTV Standard. The morning session’s
tutorials focused on details of the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard, while the
afternoon panels centered on strategies for broadcast facility
implementation and operation. The event, held at Hogan & Hartson’s
Fulbright Conference Center, was followed by an informal networking
reception.

http://www.atsc.org/cms/

2.    UK Open Broadband TV Standard Project Canvas Scalded by Digital TV Group
ISP Review – 5 February

Project
Canvas, an open standard that aims to deliver UK broadband TV services
directly into homes via ISPs and special IPTV set-top-boxes, now faces
a new set of problems after the Digital TV Group (DTG) suddenly
expressed "widespread concern" at the last moment.

Canvas
is currently awaiting approval from the BBC Trust, which is expected to
come soon; the Trust closed its final consultation earlier this week.
If the proposals are approved then partners would form a new joint
venture to develop technical specifications for devices with the
Digital Television Group (DTG).

Unfortunately that now looks
less likely after DTG, which represents everybody from set-top-box
manufacturers (Sony, Pace etc.) to media companies like Sky and Virgin
Media, accused Project Canvas of developing its own standard away from
the wider industry.

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/story/2010/02/05/uk-open-broadband-tv-standard-project-canvas-scalded-by-digital-tv-group.html

3.    CXO Mobility Summit 2010
CASBAA – 11 February

The
Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has
announced details of the annual CASBAA CXO Mobility Summit 2010 in Hong
Kong on May 19th at the Pacific Place Conference Centre, Admiralty.

The
Mobility Summit 2010 is a one-day by invitation-only interactive
roundtable that brings together leading carriers, advertising agencies,
broadcasters and technology solutions providers for a 360-degree review
of the mobile TV sector in Asia.

The
Summit will focus on key issues including the fast-evolving eco-system
for mobile TV services and the impact of new business models. Covering
items such as the value of content in the mobile world and access to
customers, the day will kick-off with a breakfast session followed by
an intense panel discussion.

The Summit
will feature a special session on content consumption analyzing the
behavior of the youth sector in specific Asian markets, while
participants will experience the latest mobile TV applications through
a series of tailored demos. There will also be discussions on
“Generating Advertising from the Consumer Perspective” and “New Tools
for Mobile and Up-selling Applications”.

http://www.casbaa.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=6ea7b7f73f124fb6889e6b8abedb5147

4.    Ukraine: Assessment of digital transition
Broadband TV News – 15 February

DTT may become available in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk as soon as this September, funding permitting.
AKTR
reports that the Ukrainian government tried to implement trial DTT
services in nine regional centres on February 4, though they were
suspended after four days. A different situation exists in the capital,
Kiev, where a DTT service has been up and running for around a year.

The
government plans to allocate around UAH363 million (€33.2 million) on
digitization, though to date the amount spent is only around UAH7
million.

Set-top boxes are being produced by a Ukrainian company named Meridian, with the first devices being made available this month.
A further 2,500 will be produced in March, followed by 2,000 a month afterwards.

It
is hoped the political situation in Ukraine will not affect the
transition to digital broadcasting, due to be completed by 2015.

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2010/02/15/ukraine-assesses-digital-transition/

5.    New Zealand: EyeTV device streams digital TV around the home
PC World – 26 February

Elgato announced a new device EyeTV Netstream DTT for streaming digital television around the home in New Zealand.

The
device enables two people to watch and record different TV programmes
at the same time and promises easy set-up thanks to built-in support
for Bonjour and UPnP. Tune EyeTV Netstream DTT once, and it stores
channel list and serves it out to any Mac or PC on the network.

EyeTV
Netstream DTT comes with EyeTV 3, Elgato’s award-winning Mac TV
software. EyeTV 3 lets users watch, record, edit television, search two
weeks of Program Guide listings, and export recordings automatically to
iTunes to sync with Apple devices including iPhones and iPods.

The
device also works with Windows 7 Media Center and ships with TerraTec
Home Cinema (THC) software. THC software offers many of the same
features as EyeTV 3.

http://www.pcworld.co.nz/article/483257/eyetv_device_streams_digital_tv_around_home/

6.    Botswana: Btv could adopt Japanese, Brazil ISDB
Mmegionline – 16 February

Botswana
Television (Btv) looks set to adopt the latest broadcast digital
technology, known as the ISDB, popularized by Japan and Brazil.

The
Department of Broadcasting Services director, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo
said in a release that they hope Japan and Brazil would share their
experiences with Botswana and other African countries on the
introduction of the broadcast technology.
Kaboeamodimo
said he hoped that in future the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) region will also adopt the system to meet the demands of  the
technology he describes as  a revolution. Both Brazil and Japan ISDB
delegations are scheduled to make a combined presentation at Btv about
the benefits of the technology.

http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=7&aid=166&dir=2010/February/Tuesday16

7.    New campaign for ATAC
CASBAA – 18 February

Following
the launch of the CASBAA-led Asia TV Advertising Coalition, the ATAC
networks are promoting a new trade marketing campaign.

The
ATAC networks cover the majority of adspend on subscription TV across
Asia, including Discovery Networks Asia, CNN, Fox One Stop Media, SPE
Networks – Asia, Bloomberg Television, CNBC Asia and NBC Universal.

The
centerpiece of the new campaign is a pair of high-value TV commercials
targeted at regional advertisers and media agencies to be played out by
the ATAC networks over a one-month period as of February 22nd.

The
ATAC TVCs – Illumination, demonstrating the media efficiency of pay-TV,
and Fishing, signaling its media reach – have been designed to convey
the benefits of subscription TV as the heart of a sophisticated media
plan.

http://www.content-technology.com/asiapacificnews/?p=360

8.   
Japan: OKI Networks and Kyushu University Successfully Stream Live
High-Definition Video of Surgical Procedures to Overseas Recipients

Yourstory.com – 22 February

OKI
Networks Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of OKI Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
that designs and manufactures telecommunication products, announced it
has partnered with Kyushu University to successfully stream live
HD-resolution(*1) surgical procedure videos to overseas recipients.

The experimental system compresses HD-resolution surgical videos by the H.264/AVC(*5) method using an HVE9100
high-performance
hardware encoder from NTT Electronics located at Kyushu University
hospital, thereby enabling concurrent streaming through the “OKI
MediaServer” to multiple domestic and international sites.

Running
on a standard PC, “OKI Player” software allows the recipient to view
and review video data based on advanced video technologies. The
software permits the viewing of high-definition surgical procedure
videos streamed from the server. The high resolution of the video data
allows ready identification of various details. The video data
delivered is encrypted in real-time on the sending server, then decoded
by “OKI Player”. This allows systems concerned about patient privacy to
use the system without cryptographic communication devices.

http://www.your-story.org/oki-networks-and-kyushu-university-successfully-stream-live-high-definition-video-of-surgical-procedures-to-overseas-recipients-118442/

9.    Canada: CRTC approves CKVU Digital TV station in Vancouver
Digital Home – 23 February

The
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has
approved an application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to operate a
transitional digital television station associated with CKVU-TV
Vancouver.

In its application, Rogers has
proposed to simulcast the programming aired on CKVU-TV on the new
digital station. The Commission did not receive any interventions in
connection with this application.

CKVU in
Vancouver is part of the City-TV network which was purchased by Rogers,
along with four other City-TV stations, from CTVglobemedia in 2007. The
station has been struggling recently and last month laid off six
employees and cancelled several loca productions including Lunch
Television and The CityNews List.

The new
transmitter will operate on channel 47 with an average effective
radiated power (ERP) of 4,300 watts (maximum ERP of 8,300 watts with an
effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 670 metres).
Through the Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), digital
television receivers will display CKVU-TV’s virtual channel as 10.1.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/2010/02/crtc-approves-ckvu-digital-tv-station-in-vancouver/

10.    Singapore Satellite Forum on launch pad
CASBAA – 25 February

The
Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) will
stage the 10th CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum on June 14th in
Singapore at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Themed “More than
Bandwidth”, the one day high-powered event will bring together global
and regional satellite operators, content providers, satellite
manufacturers and government officials to exchange key information on
the development of the communications sector and related services
across the Asia Pacific.

During the Forum,
the highly interactive panel sessions will investigate hot industry
issues, including the investment challenges for satellite operators and
broadcasters in an uncertain world; DTH demand drivers for the Asia
Pacific and an examination of GSM backhaul via satellite and the impact
of cloud computing.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/02/qa-brazil-leans-on-south-america-to-adopt-its-digital-tv-standard/

11.    Brazil Leans on South America to Adopt Its Digital TV Standard
Insidecostarica.com – 1 March

Brazil
is lobbying hard to get the rest of Latin America to adopt the
Brazilian version of the Japanese digital television standard, as
Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela have already done.

It
offered Uruguay 40 million dollars in aid if the incoming government
backs out of its agreement with the European Union to adopt the DVB
standard used in Europe and other parts of the world.

During
a brief visit to Montevideo, the capital of this country of 3.4 million
people wedged between South American giants Brazil and Argentina,
Brazilian Communications Minister Helio Costa pressed the advantages
offered by the ISDB-Tb (Japanese standard – Brazilian version) in
meetings with representatives of the incumbent government of Tabaré
Vázquez and the incoming administration of José Mujica, both of whom
belong to the left-wing Broad Front coalition.

The
Brazilian government’s aim is to persuade Mujica, who takes office Mar.
1, to reconsider the 2007 agreement reached by the Vázquez
administration with the EU and adopt the ISDB-Tb standard, Costa said
in this interview with IPS at the end of his meeting with Uruguayan
officials.

http://www.insidecostarica.com/special_reports/2010/201003/brazil_digital_tv.htm

12.    Australia: TVS a welcome arrival to digital television
Australia.to News – 1 March

The
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator
Stephen Conroy, welcomed the launch of digital broadcasting by TVS,
Sydney’s Community Television station.

TVS,
which began broadcasting in analog in February 2006, is the first
Australian Community Television station to commence digital simulcast,
after the Government announced funding support and spectrum allocation
last year.

http://www.content-technology.com/asiapacificnews/?p=382

13.    HTTV deploys interactive TV services in Middle East
Business Intelligence – 2 March

HTTV,
a leading solution provider for interactive digital TV and Selevision,
a leading EMEA broadcast and IPTV system integrator, have been selected
by Etisalat to deploy a set of advanced interactive services on 
E-Vision, the cable TV arm of Etisalat and the leading cable TV
provider in the region: EPG (electronic program guide), messaging
service and an innovative digital audience measurement solution. HTTV
will also be providing several data casting solutions “Primestream” to
broadcast the applications on the network.

Based
on OpenTV middleware technology, the services provided by HTTV will
allow the E-Vision subscribers to accesses program information and
services from their set top Box with their remote control.
http://www.bi-me.com/main.php?id=44766&t=1&c=129&cg=4&mset=1011

B. ONLINE PIRACY

14.    France: Unprecedented Internet Regulation
Spiegel – 17 February

The
lower house of the French parliament, the National Assembly, passed the
first draft of the bill, known as "Loppsi 2.” It will now go on for a
second reading in the Senate. If approved by the Senate, the
legislation could have far-reaching consequences: Loppsi 2 contains
rules that would make France the European country where the Internet is
subject to the most censorship, regulation, control and surveillance.

The
new legislation could in the future force Internet service providers
(ISPs) to shut off access to criminal sites, should they be officially
instructed to do so. According to the draft legislation, the law "makes
it the responsibility of each Internet service provider to ensure that
users don’t have access to unsuitable content."

Under
the new French legislation, police and security forces would be able to
use clandestinely installed software, known in the jargon as a "Trojan
horse," to spy on private computers. Remote access to private computers
would be made possible under the supervision of a judge.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,678508,00.html

15.    India: Ranked 4th worldwide in Illegal Downloads!
Trak in – 17 February

According
to a survey conducted by Motion Picture Distributors Association in
conjunction with Envisional and DtecNet, India is ranked fourth in the
world when it comes to Illegal downloads.

The
report mentioned that online piracy of film and television content in
India is mainly through file-sharing networks like BitTorrent and
cyberlockers, or web-based file hosts such as RapidShare and
Mediafire.  Another interesting finding was that – India had the
highest level of film piracy in any English-speaking country.

http://trak.in/tags/business/2010/02/17/movie-piracy-india-ranked-4th-in-illegal-downloads/

16.    Copyright Reform Act tries fixing fair use with seven words
Ars Technica – 18 February

A
new Copyright Reform Act (CRA), proposed by Public Knowledge, attempts
to add seven words to the nonexclusive list of fair uses: "criticism,
comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for
classroom use), scholarship, or research” currently allowed under the
legislations.

The CRA proposes the addition of the following:

•   
Incidental uses would involve capturing copyrighted works, where the
copyrighted work is not the primary focus of the use—for      example,
capturing music playing over radio when filming a family moment.
•   
non-consumptive uses would not directly trade on the underlying
creative and expressive purpose of the work being used. In     
    other words, a non-consumptive use might take the complete text of
the novel, make a copy of it, but use it only as the input for a
    lexicographical analysis of style, not to produce a free e-book.
•   
Personal and noncommercial uses which would have little chance of
harming copyright holders. For example, time shifting         
television shows via TiVo, creating mix CDs for the car and iPod
playlists to the gym, backup up for computer hard drives. The proposal
also cautions that simply placing "personal and non-commercial" in the
preamble to fair use law isn’t the end of the story.
The
four factors would still apply, and any non-commercial personal use
that "sufficiently harms the copyright holder’s market would not be
fair." Instead, personal and noncommercial copying would gain the
presumption of legality—but if copyright holders could show "either
actual market harm or a likelihood of market harm," those uses would
not be allowed.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/02/fixing-fair-use-with-seven-little-words.ars

17.    India: Two websites banned alleging online piracy
Malyalam Galatta – 22 February

Thiruvananthapuram based Crime Branch has banned two popular websites (mallu.com and olangal.com) allegedly online distribution of two recently released Malayalam movies: Bhramaram and Happy Husbands.

The
films were alleged to be circulated through the websites and visitors
could download the movies freely from the sites, which thrive on
advertisements. She said the online videos of the films were of high
quality.

The websites were hosted on
foreign domains based in the Gulf and the U.S. The police are
investigating how the website administrators, who were yet to be
identified, got the film content.

Notably,
the police conducted 2,500 anti-piracy raids between January 4 and
February 3 in Kerala and seized 18,000 pirated CDs and DVDs, registered
160 cases and arrested 149 persons.

http://malayalam.galatta.com/entertainment/malayalam/livewire/id/Two_websites_banned_alleging_online_piracy_35909.html

18.    Blackberry Manufacturers in Violations of Patent Law
Lawyersandsettlement.com – 22 February

The
Canadian Press (CP) reported on 2/19/10 that there are probably about
four or five different lawsuits against Blackberry manufacturer
Research in Motion (RIM) RIM at any given time.

One
of the latest involves a claim by Kodak that the Blackberry maker—based
in Waterloo, Ontario—has infringed on Kodak’s intellectual property as
it relates to digital camera technology used in the Blackberry Storm.
CP reports that Kodak accuses Apple of similar infringement in its
iPhone.

A Nebraska company has also filed a complaint against RIM alleging infringement on a patent related to authentication systems.

http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/13647/copyright-law-patent-intellectual-property.html

19.    UK: Government rules out file-sharer disconnections
ZDNet – 22 February

Under
the Digital Economy Bill has many aspects, there are potential
sanctions such as bandwidth throttling and account suspension to
crackdown on unlawful file-sharing .

In
a petition to the prime minister to "abandon the plans to ban
individuals from the internet based on their use of ‘peer to peer’ file
sharing,” the prime minister’s office said the government will not
terminate the accounts of infringers as it is very hard to see how this
could be deemed proportionate except in the most extreme — and
therefore probably criminal — cases.

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,40050754,00.htm

20.    Spain: Indies to sue government over piracy
CMUwebsite.com – 24 February

A
consortium of independent labels and music distributors in Spain are
planning on suing the country’s government for negligence for failing
to respond to the growth of online piracy, which, they say, has
desecrated the country’s record industry.

According
to Billboard, the consortium of indies, which includes Blanco y Negro
Music, Discmedi, PIAS Records Spain, Popstock, K-Industrial Cultural
and Picap, has presented a document outlining the government’s failures
in the copyright domain to ministers, and has given them until
mid-March to respond, otherwise they will sue.

http://newsblog.thecmuwebsite.com/post/Spanish-indies-to-sue-government-over-piracy.aspx

21.    Australia: Australian Federation against Copyright Theft to appeal iiNet ISP Liability Decision
Torrent Freak – 25 February

Australian
ISP iiNet successfully defended a Hollywood movie studio legal
onslaught directed by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft
(AFACT).

Village Roadshow, Universal
Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures
Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Disney
Enterprises, Inc. and the Seven Network took iiNet to court, claiming
that the ISP did nothing to stop its customers from sharing copyright
media via BitTorrent and was therefore liable for their infringements.

Judge
Justice Dennis Cowdroy disagreed, and handed a huge victory to iiNet.
AFACT has filed an appeal against the decision. The appeal hearing for
the original case is likely to be held this year and according to
iiNet’s Michael Malone, it should take up significantly fewer days than
first time around.

http://torrentfreak.com/afact-blasts-judge-will-appeal-iinet-isp-liability-decision-100225/

22.    UK: Piracy problems overshadow rising digital music sales
dw-world.de – 27 February 2010

The
recently released IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic
Industry) digital music report 2010 indicated that trade revenues are
up 12 percent to an estimated US$4.2 billion in 2009. However, this
figure masks a 10 percent overall decrease in music sales across the
board. “The elephant in the room here is piracy,” remarked Alex Jacob
of the IFPI.

“People are changing their
habits but instead of going from buying a CD on the high street to
buying a CD from a legal online store like Amazon or iTunes, they’re
actually going to the illegal file-sharing networks and downloading
music there”, he continued.
Illicit sharing accounts for around 95
percent of all worldwide music downloads.  In the UK alone it is
estimated that the music industry lost 250 million pounds to illegal
downloads in 2009.

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5272948,00.html

23.    Cyprus: Days to digital television
Cyprus Mail – 26 February

The
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, CyBC  is set to launch its digital
platform in the first week of march, alongside the present analog
system, allowing any viewers with the correct television to watch
clearer digital pictures, access interactive services and view extra
channels. The move is part of a pan-European campaign to digitalise
television by 2012, which will bring such extra services to customers
as High Definition television (HDTV), Personal Video Recorders (PVRs)
and video on demand (VOD).

For viewers
with older televisions, however, the move could mean forking out as
much as €120 to access all services, when the analog network is closed
next year. CyBC Director-General, Themis Themistocleous, however said
consumers will not need to buy a new antenna. If their set contains an
MPEG 4 Compression box, then it is ready for digital.
If they have
an MPEG 2 then they will need to buy a new MPEG 4 Decoder, or "Set top
box" as it is known, and which cost from €50 for a basic box to €120
for offers additional features. Set top boxes do not enable analogue
televisions to display High Definition programmes, however.

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/five-days-digital-television/20100226

24.    India: Airtel digital TV acquires PPV rights of Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince
Business of Cinema – 28 February

Airtel
digital TV- the DTH service from Bharti Airtel has acquired the
pay-per-view (PPV) rights of Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince. The
movie will be aired for the first time on Indian television and will be
available from 27 February at Rs. 70.
Bharti Airtel chief marketing
officer – DTH Sugato Banerji said, “It has been our endeavour to bring
the biggest hits through Airtel digital TV on Indian television. We
have received great response from our viewers in the past and hope to
replicate the success with Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince.”

http://www.businessofcinema.com/news.php?newsid=15543

25.    UAE: Copyright Battle Goes Digital
Khaleej Times – 1 March

Herman
Spruijt, president of International Publishers Association, stressed
that the future of publishing depends on copyright and the biggest
challenge now is the e-books at the seventh IPA symposium where 270
delegates participated from 53 countries. Internet is now the fastest
and easiest means of publishing and reading books, but can copyright
policies be adapted to protect authors and publishers in this new
environment? Spruijt believes that the Middle East holds great promise
in the publishing market.
Speaking among the participants, Marybeth
Peters, register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress of the United
States warned “If you don’t engage in finding solutions, solutions will
find you in courts and law disputes, and these are not the solutions
you want.”

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/March/theuae_March8.xml&section=theuae

26.    Apple Sues Smartphone Maker HTC For Infringement
The Wall Street Journal – 2 March

Apple
Inc has accused HTC of violating 10 patents in a lawsuit with a federal
court in Delaware, and 10 patents with the U.S. International Trade
Commission. The complaint covers the touch-screen control, hardware and
software, and seeks to ban the sale of phones such as the Nexus One,
sold directly by Google, as well as phones using Microsoft (MSFT)
Windows Mobile devices.

The lawsuit underscores the competitive environment facing smartphone makers, both in the courtroom and in the marketplace.
The
white-hot market has drawn a number of different players, and patent
lawsuits have followed. While Apple’s iPhone remains the most
high-profile device, many rivals are nipping at its heels.
HTC,
meanwhile, said it was still reviewing the case. "HTC values patent
rights and their enforcement but is also committed to defending its own
technology innovations," said spokesman Keith Novak.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100302 712980.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

C. OTHER NEWS

27.    Africa: Microsoft launches Office 2007
The Nation Reporter – 15 February

Microsoft
Corporation has launched Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student for
Africa, which is expected to significantly reduce the rate of software
piracy in the continent.

According to Microsoft East and
Southern Africa General Manager, Louis Otieno, the software has
features that improve security and protects computers from viruses and
other malicious software as well as an improved automatic document
recovery tool in cases of system failure.

http://www.nation.co.ke/business/news/-/1006/862930/-/hcqitiz/-/

28.    In-flight style entertainment soon on buses
Trade Arabia – 21 February

Road
passengers across the Middle East could soon enjoy in-flight style
entertainment in coaches and buses thanks to a wireless technology
designed by Taiwanese company Funtoro, which will also make journeys
safer.
The Media On Demand (MOD) system, to be launched in the UAE
next month, is a patented multimedia technology which can support up to
54 monitors simultaneously in any vehicle using a single server,
offering each passenger the chance to enjoy their own selection of
movies, music, digital TV, video games and internet access, said a
company official.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/newsdetails.asp?Sn=MTR&artid=175242

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