News Corp.'s MySpace.com 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 policy.
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
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, 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