SolaByte Promotes Fair Use Copying of Motion Picture Content at 7th DMCA Triennial Hearings


April 11, 2018 Washington DC:   Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits anyone circumventing an encryption technology protecting copyrighted works in digital form.  While the rightful purchaser of a copyrighted work has the right to make digital copies for personal use (Fair Use) they're prevented from making these copies, typically stored on DVD or Blu-Ray discs, because the files on these discs are encrypted.  Using software or tools to decrypt this content violates DMCA, essentially blocking the consumer's Fair Use rights.

Every three years, the Copyright office, which is part of the Library of the Congress, is required to hold hearings to consider petitions that would exempt certain uses of content within the scope the DMCA.  These hearings are currently underway and on April 11, 2018, SolaByte presented information describing how its technology can be used to transfer the consumer's movies and TV series content stored on optical disc to new media or the cloud while improving content security.  Testimony included market data and evidence of consumer harm suffered by millions of law abiding citizens who simply want to make back up copies of their video collection, protect it from platform obsolescence, or make it play on a variety of screens.  

The motion picture industry and their retail partners are using the DMCA to collect fees for the right to convert movies or TV series content stored on DVD or Blu-Ray to digital files. Commonly called Disc to Digital.   Speaking at the hearing, Keith Chatfield, SolaByte CEO and Co-founder described this as a "toll being charged for the consumer to exercise existing rights which is equivalent to Media Ransom," and he urged the copyright office to grant SolaByte an exemption to produce Fair Use copies on behalf of the consumer.  

Show your support for SolaByte and its work to restore your Fair Use rights by becoming a SolaByte Friend.  For a complete copy of SolaByte's presentation become a SolaByte Friend and contact us.  





Fair Play: GIFs are Here to Stay

No matter how you pronounce it: GIFs are extremely popular, particularly among millennials. Apart from the steeply divided phonetic debate regarding the file format, GIFs and the people who use them everyday, have always been a sore spot for corporations, celebrities, and organizations who feel that they don’t fall under “fair use” provisions under copyright law.  For example: The NFL does not give their consent to have pouty-faced Philip Rivers, after a loss, looping on Facebook for all to see. They’d rather you pay for the privilege of seeing his discontent, after an interception, or incomplete pass.


The 9th Circuit Court disagrees however: “The Copyright Act exists “‘to stimulate artistic creativity for the general public good.” and that an overzealous monopolist can use his copyright to stamp out the very creativity that the Act seeks to ignite.” This, from a 2013 case Google v. Oracle which still has enormous implications for image sharing startups like Giphy, Reddit, Imgur, and 9gag. Solabyte supports the court’s decision that these snippets fall under “fair use.” But don’t be calling it a “victory” yet, particularly because GIFs are getting longer, with better definition, and more prevalent as technology advances. This type of lawsuit can be easily brought to the federal level, making the likelihood of “fair use” becoming: “unfair payment.”


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The Age of Musical Discovery

No, we’re not talking about when you were 14 and you listened to Dark Side of the Moon for the first time. We are living in an unprecedented era of music exploration. With streaming sites like Apple Music, Soundcloud, and YouTube it has never been easier to access the right music, but what if you don’t know what you’re looking for? Some sites have recommendation engines to suggest music you might like but their results are often flawed because these sites really don’t know you. Just because you checked out some artist, doesn’t mean you’re a fan. Users aren’t looking for a machine or an algorithm to tell them what music to listen to. They’re looking for genuine recommendations from friends or family. Someone who knows at least some context for your life that can give you more thoughtful recommendations based a more complete understanding of your interests. Like any good suit, the tailor-made product is always the superior choice.


But is it possible? SolaByte thinks so, and soon a new social media platform will be available where users can sign up and explore new music genres, artists, and songs on the go! Keep an eye out for the beta, and sign up to be a tester at codenamed: MusicMoji, slated for release very soon!


Come on Over- Shania Twain Releases Entire Discography on Vinyl

Shania Twain, the five-time Grammy Award winning artist released her entire collection, including the universally celebrated Come on Over album, on vinyl October 14th. Twain, who received the Artist of a Lifetime award during the CMT Artists of the Year Special earlier this week, is yet another artist converting her work into the retro format. Others include: Daft Punk, whose album Random Access Memories, is partially credited to have kickstarted the vinyl revival.


Research suggests that it’s not old-timers feeling nostalgic about “what used to be,” but rather, millennials who are credited with the recent demand for vinyl production. This article from Billboard suggests that holding a physical copy is “way cooler than having a file in your iPod.”

If the trend continues, vinyl may very well make a substantial comeback in the years to come. Not outstripping digital media sales, of course, but the trend suggests that communal music experiences is becoming far more popular than the alternative of shutting out the world with earbuds in place.

Woo Hoo New Patent Virtual Move

We're excited to announce the US Patent office has approved 8 new claims that award patent protection for SolaByte's technology that disables a store bought CD, DVD, or Blu-ray music or movie disc as part of a licensing transaction that restores the same content on a new form of storage media or in the cloud. The patented technology makes it possible for you to take your music and movie discs, disable and recycle them anywhere, and virtually move the content stored on the disc to your account in the cloud. There would be no copying or uploading the files stored on the discs, simply a new license to access and play the same content from a master in the cloud would be enabled.

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