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A fee paid/charged to secure the rights for specific defined use of content
The physical format/Platform/carrier of the content. The term is used in different contexts, e.g. a television channel, cinema screen or a dvd or beta.
Delivery through any telecommunication service employing wireless technology (including but not limited to GSM, EDGE, CDMA, UMTS, DVBH technologies.
Mobile Technology Rights
The right to distribute and broadcast to wireless devices (such as mobile phones) via any telecommunication service employing wireless technology (including but not limited to: GSM, EDGE, CDMA, UMTS, DVBH technologies).
Most Favoured Nations Clause
The common term for a contractual clause which requires that a license fee (or any other definition of an agreement, including revenue shares) in a contractual relationship will not be less than the highest fee paid to one or more third parties
Stands for MPEG Layer3, a very compressed sound file usually embedded into other lower bit rate file formats, DVD etc. Good for logging purposes as widely supported on PCs, music players etc. Any sound for final post should be delivered as a WAV file (see WAVE).
Very compressed file format that allows off line collaborative working between edit suites and production personnel, works well on desktop and mobile viewing. Compressed but impressive results that allows offline/guide images to be shared around the production world quickly. Archive researchers are able to discover clips and share with the cutting room whilst on-going editing and before final clip ordering. The majority of archive collections make their libraries available for browsing using low bit rate MP4/H.264.
A film or a video that accompanies a complete piece of music, see also pop promo
Unlike all the other file formats, MXF is a 'container' or 'wrapper' that other file formats can exist in. MXF was devised to allow various professional media files to be more interchangeable in a range of TV products within the production workflow envisaged, from location filming through to production logging, viewing and then final post editing and delivery. A collaborative MXF workflow would enhance the production experience. Unfortunately incompatibility issues and file naming and numbering problems were numerous and took time to stabilize. The future goals of this initiative can be seen in DPP AS11 www.digitalproductionpartnership.co.uk
Non Commercial Exhibition
Use of content in a non commercial context - e.g. a non fee charging museum exhibition.
Rights granted for a fee but not excluding the same rights being sold to someone else and on a shared basis and not solely to the licensee
Non Theatrical Audience
Not a live audience, e.g. viewing via television.
Pay per View
(often abbreviated PPV) offers a system by which a television audience can purchase programmes to view in their homes. The broadcaster shows the programme at a predetermined/programmed time. As opposed to Video on demand systems, which allow viewers to see the programme at any time. Programmes can be purchased using an on-screen guide, an automated telephone system, or through a live customer service representative.
A series of audio or video digital files distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds to any portable media players and personal computers. Often supplied free of charge (FOC) as radio or TV catch up.
Visual performances representation on audio recordings. See also music video (same kind of production, used for promotional purpose).
Content supplied by a company (usually free of charge) promoting its programme, event, product or personalities. Its use may be limited to a certain context or time period.
In legal terminology, material which is "in the public domain" means material which is not protected by copyright. For example, the term of copyright protection may have expired, or which was never protected by copyright (e.g. some countries' government publications). In common parlance, "in the public domain" also means "generally accessible to, or known by, all" - this use does not refer to copyright protection.
Programme or footage shown to audiences in closed Exhibition Space (e.g. a cinema or conference hall) to which members of the public are given access either for an admission fee or free of charge. The exhibition may be presented in an indoor or outdoor environment.