Audible Magic and Music Rights Protection

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    Art Munson

    I have been thinking about this for the last few months.

    There have been numerous reports of composers’ music being stolen and showing up on royalty free sites for sale, or composers being notified that their music has been flagged for copyright infringement on YouTube, Soundcloud, etc. Until now, there hasn’t been a way to combat this effectively. But maybe, by registering your content with Audible Magic, there is a way.

    Audible Magic currently has over 25 million assets fingerprinted for some of the biggest media companies in the world, so they may well become the de-facto standard for keeping track of how and where our music is being used. Best of all, it’s free to register your music!

    How does it work? From Audible Magic’s website:

    “Once activated, your content is being protected via our Content ID services that is accessed by Audible Magic customers. When content is uploaded to our customer sites or transmitted over P2P networks, a fingerprint is created of the unknown upload. That fingerprint is then compared to our registry of known media. If a match is found, that information is transmitted to our customer with its related metadata and business rules. For example, if a match is found and a block rule is specified, our customer in most cases will block that content from being made publicly available.”

    The last line would seemingly make this not a viable route, but if you dig deeper you will find that you can define the rules on what to do when a match is found. “These are rules rights owners specify and include such rules as Block, Allow, Track, Monetize as well as custom rules.”

    This would seem to satisfy the music library clients in that, if you set the rule to “allow”, it would not interfere with the library’s clients.

    Once you have registered and uploaded your files, you would find out if anyone else is claiming any particular piece of your music. You can then take appropriate action.

    BTW, I don’t have any affiliation with Audible Magic but the problem of protecting the rights to our music in the “wild west” of the Internet should be a concern to us all. Maybe this is an answer.

    So, what do you think? Should be an interesting topic!

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    Art Munson


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    Sound interesting Art. I’d like to know what some of the library owners think about doing this.

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    One of the biggest concerns I have is how do you prevent multiple parties from fingerprinting the exact same audio files? What if multiple parties decide “I own the rights to the content”. I see a potentially huge problem looming here where “blocking” or “Takedowns” can occur when the “blocking party” really does not have the authority to block a composers content. How will a fraudulent or unauthorized block or takedown get undone? We all know that ADREV is a rather simple process where one can show proof of a license purchased and get the video whitelisted, but this is a n entire new can of worms as millions of tracks multiply across the internet between non exclusive music licensing sites and buyers.from their page:

    • Together between music, motion picture, TV program and TV advertising content, we add on average over 250,000 new titles to our identification databases each month.

    • The anti-piracy operations of the RIAA and IFPI use Audible Magic identification services.

    • Our customers are the major players among websites, social networks, network operators, and digital services. We do not pay nor are we paid by the content owners. Many of the companies in the industry derive significant revenue by crawling our customers sites on behalf of the content owners and issuing take down notices. We believe it is difficult to serve two masters.

    • We pride ourselves in the fact that every one of our customers is a reference. We work hard to ensure that. We would be pleased to provide contacts for your due diligence.

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