Entertainment services are blossoming as EMI finalises plans to sell music over the Internet, and Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) joins the growing number of film and video sites.
In a deal with French company Eurodat, EMI is planning to sell individual tracks from its stable of artists that includes the Spice Girls and the Beatles. The problem is to ensure that the company's copyrights are protected and that the artists receive full recompense for Web sales. The key to this is Eurodat's AudioSoft File Structure (ASFS) which keeps a register of when music is bought or accessed as well as facilitating transfer of files across the Internet, high-speed networks, ISDN or satellite.
From the user's perspective, the number of recordable CD systems that are appearing at retail will mean albums can be created from favourite tracks selected from the Web.
Although similar transfer of video and film would be prohibitively time consuming, TVE sees the need to have a searchable database of its offerings available for customers. To this end, the company has launched Moving Pictures 6, which allows access to its catalogue of 370 films and videos covering topics such as the environment and health, human rights and social justice. Excerpts can be viewed online at (www.nt.oneworld.org/mp6).
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