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CONTENTS

Peer-to-peer software library
..but, keeping track is..
Wearable visual robots
Canadian copyright views
Internet at work jumps
Open contents platform assoc.
Managed web publishing upgrade
Latest Dublin core metadata report
XMCL - Open Standard for Internet Media
Commerce
Real launch European games sites
Brilliant/Warner Superman
Sony/Warner license digital content
E-books not "books" for US copyright
Valuing intangible assets

Peer-to-peer software library

FastTrack have created a C++ library supporting peer-to-peer networks - Kazaalib. They say that the library is platform independent, comprising 59 functions and is the basis for a number of applications such as KaZaA Media Desktop. They are keen to work with other people developing applications that need p2p. The system claims to overcome slow search speed, limited search capabilities and failed downloads. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.kazaa.com/

..but, keeping track is..

Media Enforcer Scanner is the first in a series of products designed not just for the content owner, but for an owner or operator of a computer network where appropriate use of resources is a paramount concern. It allows an easy way to find out what kinds of media distribution applications are being run on your network. Media Enforcer Scanner is a tool network administrators may use to find what machines are running distribution daemons like Napster, Gnutella, Morpheus, Aimster, and others. The software can be downloaded free from the web site. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.mediaenforcer.com/

Wearable visual robots

The Active Vision Lab at Oxford University (UK) are researching the applications and methods that might be needed if people were to wear visually aware robots. The aim of this research is: to develop algorithms, methods and hardware in order to allow us to have a Wearable Robot (WeRo) capable to deal with the wearer's world using artificial vision. Such robots could interact with other people while the user was carrying out some other task and would have obvious uses in environments where the user was information / communication overloaded in a busy environment. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/ActiveVision/Research/WeRo/

Canadian copyright views

Canadian lawyer Michael Geist reports that Ottawa has begun a new round of consultations on copyright reform that are in marked contrast with the US position. The Canadian government is trying to strike a better balance between the rights of copyright creators and consumers. 19/07/01

URL: http://news.globetechnology.com for full article click on Michael Geist picture

Internet at work jumps

Nielsen/NetRatings latest figures show a jump of 23% in US Web usage at work, with more than 42 million Web surfers logging on from the office in June. The biggest increase, 49%, was in corporate information services. In another report they highlight the growing importance of women users of the web. In the US women now make up 52% of the total at-home web population and are growing rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region. In Europe they vary from 46% in Finland to 37% in Germany and Italy. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.nielsen-netratings.com/

Open contents platform assoc.

Sharp, JVC, Kyocera and the Tao Group have announced the launch of the Open Contents Platform Association (OCPA). This move, initiated by Japan's consumer electronics giants, will promote the global standardization of the intent® media platform as a core on home and mobile connected devices, such as PDAs, phones, web tablets, digital cameras and smart phones. The OCPA is a response to the proliferation of wired and wireless devices with a requirement from carriers and broadcasters to deliver premium contents to users. This trend of more devices has pushed up development costs and increased application and device time to market. The need for a flexible, open environment has become paramount. By standardizing around Tao's open and pluggable platform, OCPA manufacturers and developers hope to create powerful and differentiated products.19/07/01

URL: http://tao-group.com/

Managed web publishing upgrade

Accumedia have introduced the latest version of its Accumedia Convergence Platform (ACP). They claim that Ver. 1.6, delivers the first fully managed enterprise Web publishing system that enables companies to manage both their Web content and associated online business operations. Version 1.6 also features Accumedia's innovative Software-on-Demand system, a suite of pre-integrated applications that lets customers quickly and easily extend the functionality of their Web sites to include options such as community, commerce, syndication and email marketing. The ACP is an outsourced, managed application suite that eliminates the need for large, up-front investments in software, technical staff and hardware, while providing companies with a powerful, yet flexible, framework to drive expanded revenue opportunities and improve operational efficiencies. Easy-to-use workbenches remove the typical bottlenecks involved in Web operations by putting control of content, customer information and business rules back in the hands of the editorial, creative and business staff. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.accumedia.com/news/acp16.html

Latest Dublin core metadata report

The latest in the series of Metadata - Dublin Core Workshop meetings organised by CEN/ISSS took place on July 4. The workshops support existing and future European (IST and other) projects, and the objective scope of the workshops is the establishment of an open forum in which Dublin Core metadata standards related issues get addressed. The presentations are available on their web site and include basic info on Dublin Core, the relation to IEEE Learning Objective Metadata, a National Union Metadata Catalogue, and latest developments in metadata for GI.19/07/01

URL: http://www.cenorm.be/isss/Workshop/MMI-DC/

XMCL Open Standard for Internet Media Commerce

RealNetworks and a host of industry leaders recently announced the eXtensible Media Commerce Language (XMCL) initiative, an open XML-based language designed to establish industry-wide standards for Internet media commerce. By standardizing the language for business rules, XMCL will enable content to be played in a way that is independent of codecs, digital rights management systems, and e-commerce systems. XMCL will greatly simplify deployment and accelerate the market for digital media commerce over the Internet. Supporters include Adobe, Avid, Bertelsmann, IBM, Sun and MGM. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.xmcl.org/

Real launch European games sites

After the launch of RealArcade in May, RealNetworks have now add local games platforms for France, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden. Although the sites are in the local language the downloaded games are still the English versions. 19/07/01

URL: http://france.real.com/guide/?t=wide&p=games&sp=
URL: http://italy.real.com/guide/?t=wide&p=games&sp= and so on for other sites

Brilliant/Warner Superman

For some of the best streamed 3D animation on the web visit Warner Bros. Online and view the Superman adventures. The b3d reader from Brilliant Digital is at the back of the series of webisodes. Brilliant produce a range of high end animation production tools aimed at the web that create what is probably some of the best online story telling so far. The animation is full screen streamed at 56k and 640x480 and runs from an applet downloaded automatically in a few seconds. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.warnerbros.com/pages/multipath/superman/main.jsp
URL: http://www.brilliantdigital.com/

Sony/Warner license digital content

In a major step towards realisation of the digital home entertainment environment, the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment have entered into long-term license agreements to promote the all-digital home transmission and display of motion pictures and other video content using DTLA's Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP). Consumers still watch analog signals from digital video products such as DVD players and set-top boxes. Support for DTCP from Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. means that consumers will soon enjoy high quality pictures on digital televisions over digital connections. These are the first DTCP licenses signed with major motion picture studios. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.dtcp.com/data/press/DTCP_PRESS_010717.pdf press release
URL: http://www.dtcp.com/ all about DTCP and DTLA

E-books not "books" for US copyright

In a new US legal decision a US District Judge refused to allow Random House an injunction against e-book publisher RosettaBooks from selling titles it has contractually acquired the electronic rights to, from the authors (including William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Parker). The judge also indicated that Random House was unlikely to succeed in its larger copyright complaint against RosettaBooks. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.rosettabooks.com/pages/legal.html for an archive of papers in the case

Valuing intangible assets

The Brookings Institute has carried out an extensive study of intangible sources of value and a considerable amount of information from the project is available on their web site. The study includes assessment of the damage to business and the economy by not properly accounting for intangible assets and reports from various groups on topics such as the position of intangible assets v. tangible assets in determining financing of start-ups, and possible changes to US and International patent law to clarify the value of intellectual property. The complete study is available in book form as Unseen Wealth by Margaret Blair and Steven Wallman. 19/07/01

URL: http://www.brook.edu/es/research/projects/intangibles/intangibles.htm


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