Just because the recording industry lost their business, doesn't mean other content industries like Hollywood have to lose theirs. Which means that next decade - at least - will almost certainly feature a string of clashes and confrontations between an entrenched Hollywood and technology giants. And at this point, the decimated labels are mostly along for the ride.
This picture also involves a number of other media industries, including gaming, television, and book publishing. Which brings us to the Content Protection Summit, happening this week in the lion's den of Hollywood, Universal City.
On Thursday, December 6th, top representatives from various major studios, the MPAA, and a long list of protectionist-oriented technology firms will be convening on Universal Studios' home turf to discuss pressing anti-piracy and protectionist concerns. The focus of the discussion will be creating a framework for minimizing piracy, preserving pre-digital profits, and effectively monitoring users through mechanisms like 'Six Strikes'.
The conference is sponsored by Variety and the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA), a group that monitors and certifies sites worldwide based on their level of media protection. "Trust the Audit," CDSA's tagline proclaims. Major Hollywood studios and US Government officials will also be on hand, with MPAA president Chris Todd offering a critical keynote. "As the entertainment industry accelerates toward online services and digital products, we are experiencing a 'perfect storm' of threats to our business," said Alex Kochis, CPS Conference Chair.
Here's a list of session topics:
More at contentprotectionsummit.com.
Jaded Industry Dude Monday, December 03, 2012
Discussing this in great detail (via a summit) is definitely a good way to handle this. The only solution cn be reached through discussion. This isn't war, this is strategy. Which I'm all for. If you can't beat them, outsmart them.
Visitor Tuesday, December 04, 2012
"If you can't beat them, outsmart them."
Which should be pretty easy. :)
hippydog Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Sounds interesting, hopefully you will be able to keep us updated on what comes out of it..
One good thing about video is that it can easily be watermarked.. doesnt stop people from sharing it, but it at least makes it more obvious..
wallow-T Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Watermarking gives you a tool to shoot the paying customer.
On audio watermarking -- has everyone forgotten the CopyCode episode? (or am I getting really, really old? :-/ )
Billy Tuesday, December 04, 2012
If they really have an intention to come to the 21st century, they should do a conference about how to make the user experience better, and not talk about piracy. Trust me, a better online experience for legally consuming content will definitely lower piracy rates.
Example: I live in Canada, has anybody seen our Netflix catalogue? It's crap! We have to wait at least 2 years to get a season of any series.
I would love to pay the Music/Movie industries my money, just give me content!
Visitor Tuesday, December 04, 2012
User experience? :) Get outta here...
Piracy is the only issue that matters today.
discography Thursday, December 06, 2012
I just want some portability, and absent portability, at least the ability to back up my purchases. They only seem to of give iTunes this option. Google Play you can't back up any purchases. Amazon you can "Unbox" TV in HD but movies only "Unbox" in standard. I'm not banking on these videos being hosted forever, as Amazon has shown with taking videos, even purchased ones, offline for a "temporary" period of time at the request of the rights holder.
While music faces problems, its still a healthy industry with room to grow, and most importantly I can take my purchases from iTunes to Amazon Cloud Player to Google Play.
Pirates are going to pirate. Nothing is going to change that. At least stop fucking over paying customers.