UFC officials vow to sue individuals for pay-per-view piracy in forthcoming crackdown MMAjunkie
Mixed martial arts fans who watch pirated internet content could soon be pressed against the cage says the president of an industry-leading fight promotion. In a move that could signal a sea change in the viral presence of MMA — the burgeoning sport of caged pugilism — Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, said his company is readying a legal assault on individuals and websites that deal in unauthorized content. “When people start going to jail, people will stop doing it,” White said. The pay-per-view industry, of which the UFC has emerged as one of the most profitable players with an estimated $349 million in revenue in 2009, is the latest front in a war between consumers who want free content and entertainment companies with a product to protect. The weapon of choice for digital thieves: streaming video websites that beam live pay-per-view signals to their home computers, free of charge.
Overall music sales hit an all-time high in 2009; Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ is the year’s top-selling album Los Angeles Times
Overall U.S. music purchases hit an all-time-high in 2009, as sales of albums, singles, digital tracks and music videos topped 1.5 billion for the second consecutive year, according to year-end data released today from Nielsen SoundScan. Total music sales were up 2.1% over those of 2008, but the figures capture an industry still in transition.
Album Sales Collapse As Digital Downloads Top 40% Of Market 24/7
Digital downloads accounted for 40% of all music sales in 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But, that was not enough to stop an overall drop in sales which reached 13% compared to 2008. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Domestic album sales, including digital downloads, fell to 373.9 million units, a decline of 13% from 2008.” The increase in digital sales surprisingly rose only 8.3% for the year. The drop on the sales of physical albums was expected. The slow increase in song downloads was not. It poses a threat to the ongoing success of services like Apple iTunes and may eventually affect sales of multimedia players including the iPod. There are several reasons that digital download sales did not do better last year. The first one is clear and that is the recession cut into the ability of people to pay for almost everything, even inexpensive entertainment. Sales should rebound in 2010 and 2011 if that is the case. The more sinister problem is piracy.
UK to build £500m EU sat-nav system to rival GPS Telegraph
Britain has won a significant share of a €566m (£510m) programme to build the first spacecraft providing Europe’s satellite-navigation system. Surrey Satellite Technology, based in Guildford, and its German bid partner OHB System were awarded a contract to build 14 satellites for the Galileo navigation system, Europe’s much-delayed version of the US-run Global Positioning System (GPS). About 40pc of the €566m order will go to Surrey Satellites. The company is providing Galileo’s navigation equipment, which includes atomic clocks, and the transmission system which sends the information gathered by the satellite down to users. OHB will build the satellite platform.
Netflix to wait 28 days before renting Warner Bros. latest DVDs Associated Press
Netflix’s 11 million subscribers will have to wait nearly an extra month to rent the latest movies by Warner Bros. Under an agreement announced today, Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service won’t send out Warner Bros.’ latest DVD and Blu-ray discs during the first 28 days after they hit the market. The deal is a first for Netflix. The company expects to reach similar agreements with other major movie studios later this year. The moratorium will give Warner Bros. a chance to sell more discs to consumers who can’t wait to see the studio’s latest home releases.
Disney Unveils New Plan To Distribute Movies Online IMDb
The Walt Disney Co. has unveiled a new technology that will allow consumers to buy a movie online, store it remotely, then be able to watch it on a personal computer, a television set, or a cellphone on demand. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Disney plans to announce partners for the technology, dubbed KeyChest, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week and hopes that all of Hollywood’s studios will participate.
Baidu to launch online video site for premium content Reuters
China’s top search engine Baidu Inc said it plans to start a new online video channel that will provide copyrighted content to Chinese Internet users. The company said it will form a new independent company for the purpose, which will derive its revenue from advertising and work with content providers to offer licensed video content.
Give young transsexuals special ID cards: doc The Local
Young Swedes who suspect they are transsexuals ought to be issued special ID cards allowing them to hide their undesired gender during their trial phase as the opposite sex, according to one of the country’s most respected child psychiatrists. “This has to do with the practical aspects of living life as the opposite gender,” Per-Anders Rydelius, chair of the maternal and child health department at Karolinska Institutet’s Astrid Lindgren’s Children Hospital, told The Local. “They must be able to show their ID card without people thinking they are being deceived.”
IE shrinks in ’09 but maintains dominance CNet News
Last year brought market share growth for all major browsers except Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, according to Net Applications’ annual industry report released Wednesday. The year ended with Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome enjoying gains of about 3 percentage points, while Apple’s Safari climbed a single percentage point. Opera stayed relatively flat with a gain of 0.23 points, but IE saw a decline of nearly 8 percentage points.
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