[okfn-discuss] european parliament & drm discussion in european films
a.hadzi at gold.ac.uk
Fri Jan 5 12:04:06 UTC 2007
scary how the report DIGITAL PLATFORMS: RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR
EUROPEAN FILM-MAKERS published on the european parliament site is
pushing for drm. see attached...
A report from David Graham & Associates Ltd (UK) and Headway
International (Fr) for the European Parliament says that, by 2012, large
numbers of people in Europe will be ordering films from multi-language
film portals, in the subtitled or dubbed version of their choice.
The authors of the report believe that this represents a huge
opportunity for European films to travel outside their home markets and,
potentially, an important new phase for European film production.
Although films can already be downloaded or streamed over the internet,
the service is still too slow and unreliable for the digital delivery of
film to be a realistic consumer proposition for most people.
However, the report argues that the speed of delivery, along with the
quality of home entertainment from high definition screens and home
cinema technology, will go on improving. As a result, the direct
delivery of films to the home will be commonplace in many countries by
The report does acknowledge that some problems remain to be solved if
Europe is to take full advantage of this development. For example:
· European cultural policy is not, at this point,
directed enough towards pan-European models;
· The digital era will make consumer choice almost
absolute. Currently, European films pay too little attention to what
audiences want to be able to succeed in this niche environment;
· Most European films rely on advances from distributors
in exchange for exclusive rights to specific territories, which is not
an appropriate model for multi-language, multi-country distribution;
· Film deliveries require fast broadband connections.
However, progress in installing broadband around the EU varies greatly.
· Digital Rights Management Systems (DRMs), necessary for
the protection of film in the digital arena, are not yet interoperable
The report predicts a period of comparative stability over the next few
years, allowing time for these problems to be addressed.
The report is available from the European Parliament website at:
Alternatively, the report is available from our website at
phd media & communications
dept media and communications
university of london
london, se14 6nw
+44 20 8816 8166
+44 20 7943 2772
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