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My Space to Block Illegal Use of Copyrighted Music

Reuters News Wire (
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 13:13:49 -0600

News Corp.'s on Monday said it had licensed a new
technology to stop users from posting unauthorized copyrighted music
on the social networking Web site and oust frequent violators of its

The move comes amid pressure from major studios and record labels
against popular online sites like MySpace and YouTube, which they
accuse of infringing the copyrights of their artists' music and

MySpace, one of the most popular sites on the Internet, licensed
technology from privately-held Gracenote allowing it to review music
recordings uploaded by community members to their profiles.

The technology compares those filed with Gracenote's database of
copyrighted material and can block uploads without proper
rights. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

Popular sites like MySpace and YouTube are littered with copyrighted
music and video posted by their legions of users, who hope to share
them with friends and strangers alike.

Both say they remove unauthorized copyrighted material when notified.

But MySpace, increasingly seen as a destination to see and hear music
and video, will soon begin selling songs from nearly 3 million
unsigned bands. It aims to eventually offer copyright-protected songs
from major record companies.

Once Gracenote's technology is integrated into its service, users who
repeatedly try to upload unauthorized music will have their accounts
deleted, MySpace said.

YouTube, which recently agreed to be acquired by Google Inc., has
similar aspirations to cash in on Web video use and protect itself
from legal challenges.

EMI, Vivendi's Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony BMG
own around 75 percent of mainstream popular music. Most of this music
is only available on MySpace for live streaming as a promotional tool.

MySpace was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for $580 million
less than a year ago. It now boasts more than 90 million active users.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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