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Mobilefilmworks Releases Beta Streaming Service For Indie Movies To Mobile April 21, 2010

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Mobile entertainment firm Mobilefilmworks, Inc. debuts its beta service that makes instant streaming of full-length feature movies available on-demand to millions of mobile phone users. Mobilefilmworks is now available via the mobile web on all four major U.S. carriers and initially across 30 different handset devices, including the iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile and many high-end feature phones, potentially reaching over 250 million subscribers.

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Guvera Limited Signs Licensing Agreement With ASCAP April 6, 2010

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Guvera USA, Inc, a search website for “free but paid for” music and digital content provided by brands, announced a licensing agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization. Through its agreement with ASCAP, Guvera is able to legally stream works of every kind of music created by ASCAP’s more than 380,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

Guvera currently has content agreements with Universal Music Group, EMI Music, INgrooves and IODA, offering consumers “free but paid for” legal downloads and on-demand streams from their full music libraries. Advertisers will host branded channels on Guvera.com, paying a fee when their targeted consumers download or stream content, and companies such as ASCAP will receive a percentage of that fee to distribute back to their members.

“Guvera is a very strong and unique business model. We believe Guvera’s content delivery platform is exactly what many consumers have been seeking and a compelling opportunity for our members to receive compensation for use of their creative works online,” said Matthew DeFilippis, Vice President, New Media for ASCAP. “We are very pleased to officially announce the Guvera licensing agreement as the service launches worldwide.”

Dan Thompson, Head of Content for Guvera USA, Inc, commented, “ASCAP represents an incredibly large number of composers, songwriters and publishers and we are thrilled to have the support of ASCAP and its community in a bid to fight illegal downloads and revolutionize the music market.”

MetroPCS Chooses RealNetworks To Launch MetroMusic Store Entertainment Platform March 24, 2010

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RealNetworks, Inc., the digital entertainment services company, has been selected by MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States, to power MetroPCS’ new MetroMusic Store currently scheduled to launch in the second half of this year.

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FILTER Magazine And Slacker Radio Launch FILTER Magazine March 18, 2010

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Website: http://www.FILTERmagazine.com/sxsw

Slacker, Inc. (www.Slacker.com) and FILTER Magazine (www.FILTERmagazine.com) launched FILTER Magazine – Austin 2010, a free radio station offering a wide range of Indie tunes selected by editors at FILTER magazine. The station is now available in the Slacker Spotlight section from Slacker Radio applications, on home entertainment devices and leading smartphones or can be accessed directly from the web at www.Slacker.com/FILTER.

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Amie Street Taps RightsFlow For Canadian Licensing And Royalty Accounting Services February 24, 2010

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22nd February 2010, New York, NY – RightsFlow, a leading provider of bulk mechanical licensing and royalty services, announced a deal to handle Canadian royalty reporting for Amie Street, the fast growing online digital music retailer with a one-of-a-kind demand based pricing system.

RightsFlow will assist Amie Street by providing licensing and reporting services to CMRRA/SODRAC, Inc. (collectively known as “CSI”) on Amie Street’s behalf for downloads in Canada, as outlined in accordance with CSI’s Online Music Services Tariff, 2005-2007.

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Film Industry Disappointed By Federal Court Ruling On Online Copyright Infringement February 9, 2010

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34 film companies representing the Australian and US film industries today expressed their disappointment that the Federal Court found that iiNet was not liable for the copyright infringements by its customers on its network.

The Federal Court of Australia today found that despite findings of copyright infringement by iiNet customers, iiNet did not authorize the acts of its customers.

The ruling came after film companies including Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Disney Enterprises, Inc. and the Seven Network, the Australian licensee of some of the infringed works, filed a legal action against iiNet in November 2008.

They commenced action against iiNet following a 5 month investigation that uncovered instances of copyright infringements by users of iiNet’s services.

Speaking on behalf of the Australian and US film companies that launched the action, Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft Executive Director Neil Gane said he was disappointed by the Court’s decision.

“Today’s decision is set back for the 50,000 Australians employed in the film industry,” he said.

“But we believe this decision was based on a technical finding centred on the court’s interpretation of the how infringements occur and the ISP’s ability to control them.

“We are confident that the Government does not intend a policy outcome where rampant copyright infringement is allowed to continue unaddressed and unabated via the iiNet network.

“We will now take the time to review the decision before making further comment on next steps,” he said.

Rock Out With The New T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition January 19, 2010

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T-Mobile USA, Inc. announces the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone.

As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.

The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing.

“In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.”

Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers.

“The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device”.

With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality.

An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices.

The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring.

November Sees Number Of U.S. Videos Viewed Online Surpass 30 Billion For First Time On Record January 6, 2010

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comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, released November 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, showing that more than 170 million U.S. Internet users watched online video during the month.

Online video viewing continued to reach record levels in November with nearly 31 billion videos viewed during the month, and Google Sites accounting for 39 percent of all videos viewed online in the U.S.

Top 10 Video Content Properties by Videos Viewed
Google Sites continued to rank as the top U.S. video property in November as it delivered 12.2 billion videos viewed with YouTube.com accounting for nearly 99 percent of all videos viewed at the property. Hulu ranked second with 924 million videos viewed (3.0 percent) followed by Viacom Digital with 500 million (1.6 percent) and Microsoft Sites with 480 million (1.5 percent).

In November, Tremor Media ranked as the #1 video ad network with a potential reach of 85 million viewers, or 49.8 percent of the total viewing audience. Advertising.com Video Network ranked second with a potential reach of 80 million viewers (47.1 percent penetration) followed by YuMe Video Network with 73 million viewers (43.0 percent).

Other notable findings from November 2009 include:

* The top video ad networks in terms of their actual reach delivered were: Tremor Media Video Network with 20.0 percent penetration of online video viewers, BBE with 17.5 percent, and BrightRoll Video Network with 16.6 percent.
* 84.8 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
* The average online video viewer watched 12.2 hours of video.
* 128.1 million viewers watched more than 12 billion videos on YouTube.com (94.3 videos per viewer).
* 38.6 million viewers watched 333.4 million videos on MySpace.com (8.6 videos per viewer).
* The average Hulu viewer watched 21.1 videos, totaling 2.1 hours of videos per viewer.
* The duration of the average online video was 4.0 minutes.