• Hollywood’s AI Compromise: Writers Get Protection, Studios Aim for Copyright
    by rightstech on September 29, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    A clearer picture of how studios intend to incorporate artificial intelligence into the screenplay production apparatus is coming into view. The agreement requires writers to obtain consent if they want to use generative AI and allows studios to “reject a use of GAI that could adversely affect […]

  • Authors: OpenAI’s Fair Use Argument in Copyright Dispute is Misplaced 
    by rightstech on September 29, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    The authors note that OpenAI’s detailed interpretation of fair use in an AI context is irrelevant, at least at this stage. Fair use is a defense that is typically not used to dismiss copyright infringement claims before they’re properly argued. “Fair use is an affirmative defense, and is […]

  • OpenAI’s ChatGPT Now Searches the Web in Real Time—Again 
    by rightstech on September 29, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Leading artificial intelligence firm OpenAI announced today that users of its ChatGPT generative AI tool will again be able to generate answers to prompts that search the web for the latest information. It’s a revival of a powerful feature that was removed from the service in July because it was […]

  • Barbie, Shmarbie: Mattel CEO’s Media Strategy Is Far More Than One Movie
    by rightstech on September 29, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    While “Barbie” may have been a huge opening salvo in Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz‘s plan to turn toy brands into media IP, it’s just the beginning of a versatile long-term strategy that will extend far beyond the cinema to TV and gaming for the likes of “Monster High” and “Hot Wheels.” […]

  • Epic Games Axing 16% of Staff, Laying Off 830 Employees, and Sells Bandcamp
    by rightstech on September 29, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Epic Games is slashing its workforce by 16%, laying off about 830 employees, as it looks to cut costs. The cutbacks were announced in an internal memo from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney. In addition to the layoffs, the company is selling Bandcamp the music store and community platform it acquired in […]

  • Book Business Applauds Government Lawsuit Against Amazon
    by rightstech on September 27, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    What took so long? That was the prevailing sentiment among many book business members upon hearing the news that the FTC had filed an antitrust lawsuit against the nation’s largest e-tailer and dominant bookseller. Independent booksellers, which were the first physical retailers impacted by […]

  • New WGA Contract Explained: AI Is Not a Writer
    by rightstech on September 27, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Big boost in residuals, access to streaming data

  • OpenAI Seeks New Valuation of Up to $90 Billion in Sale of Existing Shares
    by rightstech on September 27, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    OpenAI is talking to investors about a share sale that would value the artificial-intelligence startup behind ChatGPT at between $80 billion to $90 billion, roughly triple its level earlier this year. The startup, which is 49% owned by Microsoft, has told investors that it expects to reach $1 […]

  • FCC announces plans to reinstate net neutrality 
    by rightstech on September 27, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Net neutrality is back on the menu, citizens. After a long, long battle ending in eventual defeat during Trump’s presidency, the FCC is set to reinstate rules that broadband providers must treat all traffic equally, giving no sweetheart deals to business partners or their own services. The […]

  • Spotify Embraces AI, Eschews AI Music Ban and Adds AI Podcast Translation 
    by rightstech on September 27, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Spotify is OK with AI, after all. In a reversal from an earlier decision, the CEO of the world’s biggest music streaming service said Tuesday that it would not ban AI-generated music. This follows an announcement of AI-translated podcasts, giving both commercial and independent producers a way to […]

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RightsTech 2016 Audio Recordings from Panels and Keynotes

Thanks to all that attended Digital Media Wire and Concurrent Media’s inaugural RightsTech Summit in New York City! Whether you were in attendance or not, we are happy to provide you with audio of some of our panels and keynotes from the event. Special thanks to 3 Pillar Global for the recordings! RESTORING REGISTRATION TO THE COPYRIGHT EQUATION PANELISTS: Robert Norton, CEO,...
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The Inaugural RightsTech Summit: Forward-Thinking Optimism, With Few Music Publishers In Sight

Forbes reports “Dozens of technology, law and music professionals gathered at the Japan Society in New York on Tuesday for the inaugural RightsTech Summit, determined to brainstorm how partnerships between tech companies and content creators could drive smarter rights management and monetization. The resulting debates were notable as much for their innovation and optimism as for who was absent. During his keynote,...
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5 Questions With: PluraVida’s Sam Gilchrist

As part of a new interview series on Digital Media Wire’s industry news site, RightsTech Summit panelist Sam Gilchrist talks about PluraVida, payment settlements, rights management, distribution solutions and more. Check out the excerpt below and read the full post here. Digital Media Wire reports “PluraVida is an emerging company at the forefront of the RightsTech movement for digital content distributors, focused on...
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When Content Moves Faster Than The Money: Paul Sweeting Talks Rights Technology

If you think attribution when the term “Rights” comes up in the context of digital media, then you’re missing an important piece of the puzzle as far as how tech breakthroughs have impacted content distribution. On July 26, Digital Media Wire (DMW) will present a Rightstech Summit in NYC to address this blind spot. For now, let’s chat with panel...
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5 Questions With: Benji Rogers of PledgeMusic

As part of a new interview series on Digital Media Wire’s industry news site, RightsTech Summit keynote speaker Benji Rogers talks about PledgeMusic, the music industry, the blockchain and more. Check out the excerpt below and read the full post here. Digital Media Wire reports “PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform that enhances the fan-artist dynamic from the creation of...
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