Such a license would allow anyone to use Breinersdorfer movies and movies from anyone else online without striking a deal with him or any other rights holders, provided that licensing fees are paid. Breinersdorfer argued in his article that such a license would be the only effective way to fight piracy, which is particularly rampant in countries like Germany where legal services have yet to gain traction. Torrent and streaming sites offer free movies, but make good money with ads, he said. So why not offer companies an easy way to license films and share some of that ad revenue with creators and studios? Subscribe to gigaom.com Said Breinersdorfer: Why shouldnt it be possible to organize the whole thing legally if internet gangsters can make millions with ads? His proposal: Institute a one-stop-shop for online licenses where internet companies can acquire rights to use any film that is no longer in theaters. Entrepreneurs would be free to launch whatever video platform they want, whether its a genre-specific, ad-supported streaming site or a premium platform with paid HD downloads, and then just pay a predetermined fee, which would then be distributed to rights holders. Breinersdorfers proposal is radical, but not unprecedented. Compulsory licenses have long been a key part of the music business, where every band can freely cover another bands songs without first asking for permission. Similarly, radio stations dont have to strike deals with record labels before they air their songs. Instead, stations pay compulsory rates to composers and publishers through entities like ASCAP and BMI. However, its unlikely that we will see similar licenses for the online use of movies any time soon. Even in the music biz, attempts to broaden collective licensing have failed. Back in 2008, Warner Music explored the idea of collective licenses for online music to legalize file sharing, but those efforts were effectively shelved in 2010.
Sophie Scholl filmmaker wants compulsory license to give movies away for free
Then you can go share them.” Image: IDEO The best thing about Vine, without a doubt, is its tap-to-shoot interface. With that one ingenious interaction, the app brought the power of the cut to the smartphone-wielding masses, transforming interminable home movies into surprisingly rich little films. The worst thing about Vine is having to put stuff on Vine. The price you pay for using the incredible movie-making tool is being forced to broadcast yourself on its network. Thankfully, now we have Spark Camera , a $2 app from renowned design studio IDEO that gives you the same glorious one-finger-movie-making functionalityand some other good stuffwithout any obligation to share when youre done. The app was IDEOs answer to a straightforward question: how can we give people a simple way to make great looking videos on a smartphone? Its carefully selected feature set is all about giving you things you need to create meaningful mini-movies without slowing you down. Open the app and youre ready to shoot straight awaytheres nothing pestering you for any login credentials. In familiar Vine fashion, a finger on the screen is all you need to string together a series of shots, with a maximum length of 30 seconds. Then you can apply one of 10 filters to the clip and add a soundtrack from your phones stash of tunes. The whole thing gets saved to your camera roll in full 720p with options for sharing on all the usual suspects. Sparks clearly trying to find the sweet spot between simplicity and functionality. All three of its main componentsthe ability to easily make videos with multiple shots; the filters; and the ability to add a soundtrackare transformative enough that youll probably use them for everything you make in the app. Still, Sparks definitely more of a place to record video than edit ittheres no way to move or remove shots within a clip, for examplethough that quickly gets into unwieldy territory. One thing the app should let you do, though, is pick what part of a song you want to add to your project.
3 Movies That Could Break Avatar’s Box Office Record
There is little doubt the prequels tarnished the franchise, butDisney (NYSE: DIS ) shelled out more than $4 billion for the rights to the franchise for a reason. Part of the huge promise behind the newest franchise is a chance to start over, leaving the prequels behind. Gone is George Lucas and in his place is the hyper-talented director J.J. Abrams. That’s especially promising as Abrams has not only resurrected theStar Trekfranchise, but was also the executive producer ofLostamong many other successful movies and TV shows. Add up one of the best directors around working on his dream project with a franchise with near limitless potential, and the odds increase dramatically that the nextStar Warscould get the kind of buzz and word of mouth that sends it to a long box office run, which could challenge Avatar. The Avengers: Age of Ultron The Avengerssequel gets a nod over the upcomingBatman vs. Supermanas the comic-book-based movie most likely to challengeAvatar. Why is The Avengers 2 on the list? First, the first movie did very well, bringing in $623 million domestically and over $1.5 billion globally at the box office. Both those totals bestThe Dark Knight Rises’box office, which was just shy of $450 million domestically and $1.1 billion globally.The Avengers 2 will also benefit from the continuing popularity of not just the first film, but surrounding Marvel properties.Iron Man 3brought in more than $1.2 billion this summer,an enormous jump from the $623 million Iron Man 2 brought in across the globe. It’ll be a challenge besting the first Avengers’ huge box office haul, but we have seen comic book movies grow as series progressed — look no further than the comparison betweenIron Man 2andIron Man 3above. Overall,The Avengers: Age of Ultronmight have a better shot at the domestic crown, where it finished with about 80% ofAvatar’sbox office. Internationally, it earned less than half ofAvatar’stotal. Avatar 2 It might not be the most original pick among movies that could best the firstAvatar’sbox office record, but it’s the most likely. Still, even with sequels routinely besting the box office haul of the original film in recent years,Avatar 2beating the original’s box office is far from a slam dunk. One of the key areas of success forAvatarwas its inclusion of 3D. It was a film built around its use of gorgeous visuals and ground-breaking 3D landscapes, the spectacle of which brought moviegoers flocking to cineplexes. With years of advances in CGI and 3D now expected for major films,Avatar 2won’t feel nearly as unique as the original. Also, the first film felt like a complete story. Movies based around comic books have the advantage of a host of villains that characters can face off against. Sequels rarely feel forced. Still, the movie Gravityis proving that well-done 3D films can still be a huge box office draw. It drew a reported 84% of ticket sales from 3D showings this weekend.