IC tomorrow contest aims to drive innovation in copyright licensing information

IC tomorrow contest aims to drive innovation in copyright licensing information

09 Feb 2012

IC tomorrow, a Technology Strategy Board programme, has launched a £180k contest for companies in the digital licensing space. The Digital Licensing Framework (DLF) contest will challenge start-ups and companies to develop innovative systems and services that help the exchange of licensing information between copyright holders and users in music, publishing or museums and galleries. Partly supported by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Innovation Infrastructure Challenge Fund, successful applicants will be awarded contracts of up to £37k to develop functioning prototypes. They will also be given the opportunity to work with leading rights holders such as Bridgeman Art Library, EMI, Pearson, PRS for Music and Tate in a trial with IC tomorrow’s digital platform.

Launched on Thursday, February 9, the contest is open to any start-up or company working in rights management, content metadata cataloguing and identification systems, content aggregation or distribution and rights management workflow solutions. Applicants are asked to submit their pitches online by Thursday, March 22 and should address one of the following challenges:

·         Specific sector: Three prototypes that fundamentally understand the licensing landscape in their chosen sector (music, publishing or museums & galleries) and that enable rights users to formulate and transmit licence enquires to rights holders and view licensing information in a meaningful and educational way.

·         Aggregator: A prototype application or service (that works like a travel aggregation site does for hotels / flights) for licensing information across multiple sectors or media types including music, publishing, images and others.

·         Intermediary: Two prototype services (likely to be from existing metadata or content specialists) providing an alternative or enriched source of licensing information from multiple rights holders.

Dr Nick Appleyard, Head of Digital at the Technology Strategy Board, said: “Copyrighted content is often integral to innovative start-ups and media companies, yet there are a number of challenges when it comes to exchanging information between rights holders and rights users. This competition will bring the industry’s finest entrepreneurs together to develop ways that streamline this process and support a new generation of commercial opportunities.”

Following initial judging, selected finalists will be invited to take part in a delivery assessment meeting at the IC tomorrow offices at Old Street, London on Thursday, March 29 or Friday, March 30. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, April 4 and will have two months to make their prototypes before trials take place in June and July 2012.

To learn more about the competition and enter, please visit http://www.ictomorrow.co.uk/biz. IC tomorrow will also be hosting an open information briefing at its office on Monday, 27 February 2012.  Please call 0300 321 4358 for more information.

View more competition details here

View the press release and notes to editors here

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Last updated on Monday 20 February 2012 at 16:16

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