Digital Digitizing: IFPI & RIAA Seek Audio Fingerprinting Solutions
The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) and RIAA
(Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are now looking for 'audio
fingerprinting' technologies able to identify music based on content.
The concept isn't new. Such technologies extract the characteristics of a
piece of music and store them in a database. When an unknown tune turns up,
it's matched against database information, "hopefully finding a match," as
the IFPI and RIAA put it in a joint Request For Information (RFI) asking,
"the owners of these technologies to make them known and available for
evaluation" by July 13.
The two organizations, which describe themselves as "representing
respectively the US and worldwide recording industries," say potential
applications in the recording industry include:
* Tracking the music played by broadcasters and their new internet-based
counterparts so that royalties can be distributed to the correct
* Identifying unknown music recovered from illicit CD plants and
* Offering special promotions and other incentives to consumers playing
* Checking the identity of a music file being transmitted over a network
Paul Jessop, IFPI Chief Technology Officer added: "These technologies
clearly have the potential to be very important to the recording industry.
We need to stay abreast of developments in this area and see how vendors'
products are evolving."
IFPI - www.ifpi.org
RIAA - www.riaa.com
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