MySpace to 'Fingerprint' Uploaded Music30 Oct, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
In an effort to thwart copyrighted music from being illegally uploaded to its networking site, MySpace.com Oct. 30 announced it would begin using special software designed to block such practices.
It is believed that similar software would be implemented in the future to safeguard against the uploading of copyrighted movies and trailers.
MySpace, which is owned by News Corp. (parent of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), signed a deal with Gracenote, a Los Angeles-based digital entertainment technology provider, that enables it to identify copyrighted music audio recordings.
Songs uploaded by MySpace users are filtered through a proprietary database for designated rights holders, allowing MySpace to block the uploading of such material.
Users who repeatedly upload copyrighted music without clearance are subsequently barred from MySpace.
“MySpace is staunchly committed to protecting artists' rights — whether those artists are on major labels or are independent acts,” said Chris DeWolfe, CEO and co-founder of MySpace. “This is another important step we're taking to ensure artists control the content they create.”