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Web review - 19/12/2014

2014 good surprises

Digitally tinged or not, culture and cultural sectors had good surprises in store, small as big, laying the groundwork for the future.

Taylor Swift Reveals Surprising Industry Reaction to Spotify Decision

"With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn't occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying thank you." says the pop singer after her risky decision not to stream 1989 on the world's fastest-growing service, Spotify, without knowing that she will magnified the debate over fair royalties during the digital age. More from : Daniel Ek, Spotify  CEO; “Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it.” 

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Christine Albanel : « The success of the MOOC on Impressionists shows the interest of French people for culture »

This is one the cultural surprises of the end of this year : last October 20th, Orange and the RMN (Réunion des musées nationaux) launched a MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) on the occasion of the exhibition « Paul Durant-Ruel, the challenge of impressionism » at the Musée du Luxembourg. More than 13.000 people have already registered for this online course, accessible by everyone for free, which allow to discover and go into depth our knowledge on art history. Christine Albanel, former Minister of Culture (2007-2009), Executive director in charge of business social responsibility, diversity, partnerships and solidarity of Orange, who is at the origins of the project, analyzes its success.

See more: Le Figaro, 17.12.2014

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The public can now print in 3D at home and for free artworks from the British Museum collection

The British Museum just opened a store of a new kind which will allow the public to print in 3D 14 objects from its collection by downloading for free a digital file. 

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What if OCS was the anti-Netflix weapon?

Since Netflix launch, the French audiovisual stakeholders, particularly the VOD platforms, try to find a display facing the American ogre. With its model combining classic channels and 30-day replay, OCS is a special case in the universe of SVOD platforms.

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Video Games World Cup : « Before that, nobody would have imagined earning his living with electronic sport »

During the Paris Games Week dedicated to video games, the visitors will be able to assist the Electronic Sport World CUP (ESWC), which gathers the top of the gamers. From now on, they are numerous to try their chances in the universe of e-sport, even if a few years ago, this activity was not lucrative.

See more: The three challenges of the Paris Games Week, the French video game trade, by Le Monde

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