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New Looks at Hollywood’s Piracy Problem (CDSA)

July 16, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The assumption about piracy has long been that once a new theatrical release hits the file sharing sites, the box office take for that film will be significantly impacted.

But that just may not be the case, according to economist Koleman Strumpf, a professor with the University of Kansas School of Business, who conducted one of the most extensive piracy studies to date.

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Google Creates Anti-Hacker Team (CDSA)

July 16, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Beating cyber security threats requires people who know how cyber criminals work.

That appears to be the thrust behind Google’s “Project Zero,” a new, full-time team of experts dedicated to fighting hackers and consumer cyber threats.

“Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks,” Google security engineer and project lead Chris Evans wrote in a blog post. “We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.”

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ISE To Hold Hacker Competition for Wireless Routers (CDSA)

June 25, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

Normally, technology vulnerability testing company Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) is working to prevent cyber attacks, but this time around they want hackers to do their thing.

ISE and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Aug. 7-10 will hold a hacking competition during the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, with hackers encouraged to do everything they can to expose security vulnerabilities in wireless routers.

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ISE: Latest OpenSSL Flaws Not as Worrisome as Heartbleed (CDSA)

June 18, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Just a few months after the discovery of the Heartbleed bug — a long-undetected security hole in the open-source OpenSSL encryption technology — even more problems have been discovered with the encryption protocol, which is widely used by online businesses.

Technology vulnerability testing company Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) has pinpointed what it believes to be the most distressing SSL flaw to be uncovered of late: OpenSSL’s ChangeCipherSpec (CCS) Injection vulnerability (technically: CVE-2014-0224).

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Following IPO Bid, China Streaming Site, MPAA Reach Terms (CDSA)

June 4, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

Just over a week after applying for a second IPO here in the U.S., China’s Xunlei video and music peer-to-peer site has agreed to a content protection agreement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in an effort to promote legitimate TV and film content via the service.

The Google-funded Xunlei — which is the 12th largest Internet company in China based on monthly users — attempted an IPO in 2011, but withdrew following piracy concerns, and had already been sued in 2008 by the international arm of the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association, before withdrawing the suit.

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Study: 94% Who View Pirated Content Also Purchase (CDSA)

May 28, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

An estimated 94% of all American consumers viewing pirated movies are also buying legitimate copies of content, according to a new study from Verance Corp.

The survey identified six categories of consumers who pirate movies, and found two of them — “Occasionals” and “Convenience Streamers” — combined for more than a third of the estimated 1 billion views of pirated movies each year. They steal not because they can’t afford legitimate copies, but because it’s convenient, the study found, and they’ll buy something if no technological or availability barriers exist. Read more

CDSA Releases Annual Content Protection Standard Update (CDSA)

May 21, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

The Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) has released the annual update to its Content Protection Standard (CPS), offering enhancements meant to keep up with evolving digital supply chain security.

The CPS includes an updated mapping section (including a detailed comparison with the Motion Picture Association of America’s Best Practices, ISO 27001/2 and 31000) plus the new inclusion of Walt Disney Studios’ own standard).

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Digital Asset Symposium Hits L.A. (CDSA)

May 14, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The annual Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) will be held May 15-16 in Hollywood, Calif., with content creators, post-production, systems designers, archives, asset managers and more coming together to discuss the life cycle of media assets, from content creation to rights management to asset preservation.

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MESA, DEG Partner on Supply Chain Event (CDSA)

May 14, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Top studio executives and entertainment industry experts will be on hand May 22 in Los Angeles when DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) and the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) host the annual Entertainment Supply Chain Academy (ESCA) Digital event.

Chaired by Larry Wilk, DEG’s digital ambassador, the event will see Hollywood’s leading digital operations executives discussing how the entertainment business is changing its production workflows and distribution systems to accommodate digital files and products, and encountering new business supply chain challenges every week. Read more

Target Shares Security Enhancements (CDSA)

April 30, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Target, still reeling from its late-2013 security breach, where the credit card information of approximately 40 million customers was stolen after malware was installed into the company’s security and payments system, is doing everything it can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Since its investigation into the breach began, Target has come up with several changes for its security, including:

• Enhanced monitoring and logging, which involves the implementation of additional rules, alerts, centralizing log feeds and enabling more logging capabilities. Read more

CDSA’s Atkinson to Host ‘Cyber Security = Job Security’ Webinar (CDSA)

April 30, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

On May 7 11 a.m. to noon (PST) Richard Atkinson, the global director of piracy conversion for Adobe and chairman of the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA), will host an hour-long Webinar: Cyber-Security = Job Security.

Produced in association with the Hollywood IT Society, the CDSA Webinar will be an open discussion about the increasingly difficult security landscape, as well as the impacts companies and individuals can expect after a breach.

To register for the meeting, click here. For questions, comments and feedback, contact Guy Finley, executive director of the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA), at guy@MESAlliance.org.

Hollywood IT Summit Experts Tackle Cloud Security

April 23, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

CENTURY CITY, Calif. — While attending the recent NAB Show in Las Vegas, Sean Flynn, chief technology officer for Marvel Studios, repeatedly heard (“Too many times to count”) that content creators should simply trust their cloud service providers.

That’s advice every content company would be wise to ignore, he said April 22, speaking at the Hollywood IT Summit.

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Independent Security Evaluators Offers Heartbleed Suggestions

April 16, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Everyone on the Internet is scrambling following this month’s reveal of the Heartbleed bug, a security hole in the open-source OpenSSL encryption technology widely used by online businesses.

Undetected for two years, Heartbleed is estimated to affect a full two-thirds of Web servers on the Internet, compromising everything from passwords to credit card numbers.

The Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) asked Stephen Bono, owner of technology vulnerability testing company Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), and ISE executive partner Ted Harrington, about the severity of Heartbleed, and what steps businesses need to take to protect themselves going forward. Read more

Studio CTO, CIO Panels Highlight Hollywood IT Summit

April 16, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

A keynote conversation with professor Jonathan Taplin, director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, is just one highlight of the Hollywood IT Summit, coming up April 22 in Los Angeles.

Tackling hardware and software platforms, big data and data analytics, vendor management, network connectivity, software as a service (SaaS) and more, Hollywood IT Summit panelists include the top chief information officers and chief technology officers from the major Hollywood studios.

More than 450 industry executives attended the event last year when it was held at Pepperdine University, and more are expected next week when the venue shifts to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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Experts Tackle Security in the Cloud

April 9, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

LAS VEGAS — Justin Somaini, VP and chief trust officer, for online file sharing and cloud content management service Box, believes companies that deal with the secure delivery of content in the cloud are finally starting to ask the most important questions when they take on a new client.

“What’s the actually value of their content [and] what is the impact of a security failure?” he said April 9, speaking at the annual NAB Show during a panel on cloud reliability and security. “A script is just a file for all intents and purposes. But movies are there to get an emotional reaction.

“Ask a director, and it’s more than a script. [It’s] lightning in a bottle.” Read more

AACS LA Marks Legal Victory vs. SlySoft

April 2, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

In February the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) — the industry consortium that licenses copy protection used on Blu-ray Discs — won a legal judgment against a long-time foe.

On Feb. 21, a court in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, found Giancarlo Bettini, owner and founder of DRM-circumvention software company SlySoft, guilty of violating the nation’s copyright law.

According to AACS LA attorney Bruce Turnbull, it was the first time the twin-island Caribbean nation invoked its criminal anti-circumvention statute, 11 years after the law was first established. And the $30,000 fine against Bettini isn’t nearly as important as the precedent the ruling sets, Trunbull said.  Read more

‘Popcorn Time’ App Facilitates Piracy … With a Disclaimer

March 12, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Hollywood has seen its share of recent successes in the fight against online piracy, with the successful shutdowns of file-sharing sites Megaupload and Hotfile.

But while those sites were culpable of copyright infringement — blatantly hosting copyright-protected files — a new app-based offering could prove to be the toughest test yet in the industry’s fight against online piracy. Read more

’12 Years A Slave’ Topped Piracy List Before, After Oscars

March 5, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

A week before the Oscars were handed out March 2, online BitTorrent tracking site TorrentFreak already had Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave as No. 1 on its list of most recently pirated films.

After the Oscars it only got worse: after 12 Years a Slave won the most coveted award in Hollywood, illegal downloads of the film tripled the next day, with more than 100,000 week-over-week additional illegal downloads, according to TorrentFreak’s data. Read more

CDSA Chairman: Piracy a Business Issue

February 26, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Richard Atkinson, the global director of piracy conversion for Adobe and newly installed chairman of the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA), offers his thoughts about the direction of CDSA, the security threats facing the industry and the roll of government in fighting cyber security threats. Read more

FX CEO, NBC Universal Piracy Counsel: Online Ads a Piracy Problem

February 26, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, had every reason to be upset when he recently ran across a piracy site offering a free stream of Avatar. And not just because it was stealing the property of sister company 20th Century Fox.

Running right alongside that illegal Avatar stream was a commercial for Volvo, Landgraf said, speaking at a recent conference. When a major brand has ads appearing on sites that deal in piracy, it offers legitimacy to those profiting off illegal content, he said.

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