A study from Columbia University stated that at least 45% of Americans actively pirate movies. As a result, the movie industry has lost a significant amount of revenue and control over its intellectual property (IP).
When 70% of online users see nothing wrong with online piracy, video-makers and the film and television industries need to take extra steps to protect their content from being illegally downloaded.
Many video-streaming services have been trying various strategies to protect content and prevent users from illegally downloading and sharing videos. Apple has created their own DRM (digital rights management) solution to try to protect their video content called FairPlay. Unfortunately for Apple, users have figured out how to remove FairPlay putting all of Apple’s video content at risk.
Content comes in many formats today, and distribution is as easy as clicking a “share this” button. But content is not always intended for wide distribution. Whether you want to promote your company and know who is getting the word out for you, or protect your files from prying eyes, watermarking is a simple way to do both. There are a couple of options when it comes to watermarking, so how do you decide what type of watermark is best to use when sending a file?
Over the last month, we’ve been fascinated by this story of the St. Louis Cardinals being accused of hacking into the Houston Astros’ internal database of important, private information. The information consisted of classified discussions of player trades, scouting reports and other player information that the Astros organization did not want seen or leaked.
As we’re moving more and more to digital publishing, it seems many companies are still stuck on printing employee handbooks and confidential training materials. Some have cited security as the reason for not e-publishing materials.
Sitting at home under three over-stuffed blankets from Mom, warm drink in hand, staring at an unopened box of Pop-Tarts on the kitchen counter, I (like most of the Northeast) am in full winter storm mode. Thanks to Winter Storm Juno, yesterday looked to be a great day for some businesses. Grocery stores were packed, liquor stores had empty shelves and gas stations had piles of cars lined up for gas that wouldn’t be able to be legally used the next day. Today, snow removal services will be working all day and getting some pretty good money, but winter storms hit most businesses hard. Here are three ways that snow days can cause serious issues for businesses:
Earlier this week, Taylor Swift pulled all of her music from the popular music-streaming service Spotify causing much distress for her fans. Though it hasn’t been confirmed why the music was removed, Swift made her opinion on free music streaming very clear in the Wall Street Journal:
“Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free…”
It’s October which means you’ve been busy putting together costumes, setting up the fog machine and worrying about cyber security, right?
The majority of online users see nothing wrong with online piracy. The number of tutorials on how to download videos from sites that don’t allow its content to be downloaded is astounding on its own. Sharing your video means taking the risk that your work could be stolen.
It has happened again. Snapchat’s data has been hacked exposing more than 200,000 photos that were sent through the social photo-sharing application. A third party application that allowed users to save photos sent through Snapchat was breached which led to the unfortunate data leak.
So how can this be a lesson to businesses? With the rise of cloud-based file sharing solutions, there comes a great risk that your confidential data is susceptible to being shared, altered or stolen. The Snapchat hack (aka “The Snappening”) comes as a warning to anyone sharing private information: you need to protect your valuable data.