EMI Signs With Audio Fingerprinting Provider
Audio fingerprinting, the analysis and comparison of acoustic characteristics of a sound file for the purpose of identification & tracking, has received scant attention despite its numerous advantages over digital rights management. The focus of an RIAA RFI (Request for Information) in July 2001, the technology was used later that fall by EMusic to monitor illicit trading of its music files on Napster against whom it had brought a lawsuit. And while audio fingerprinting has been utilized by organizations ranging from SESAC to Loudeye, it remained absent from the major labels arsenal in enforcing their copyrights.
The agreement between EMI Recorded Music & Audible Magic is thus significant in that it could presage a larger role for this technology in copyright enforcement. EMI plans on implementing Audible Magic's technology in the next quarter to perform auditing and tracking of EMI content usage by licensees, real-time playlist monitoring for traditional and Internet broadcasters, audio content identification services for consumer entertainment software and devices, and monitoring of peer-to-peer traffic on networks.
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