MySpace Readying Video Filtering Software
February 12, 2007 at 6:04 AM (PT)
BUSINESSWEEK reports that MYSPACE will experiment with a video-filtering system designed to block clips containing copyright materials.
MYSPACE is licensing technology from AUDIBLE MAGIC CORP., which late last year obtained rights to a system for scanning video clips and looking for signature vectors -- such as a unique digital fingerprint -- to compare with vectors stored in a database. Video can be blocked from appearing on MYSPACE when there is a match.
The video system supplements audio filtering MYSPACE already has in place to block unauthorized music uploads.
"MYSPACE is dedicated to ensuring that content owners, whether large or small, can both promote and protect their content in our community," said MYSPACE Co-Founder/CEO CHRIS DEWOLFE. "For MYSPACE, video filtering is about protecting artists and the work they create."
MYSPACE officials say the latest offering was unrelated to UNIVERSAL MUSIC's federal lawsuit in NOVEMBER, accusing MYSPACE of illegally encouraging its users to share music and music videos on the site without permission. That lawsuit remains pending and seeks unspecified damages, including up to $150,000 for each unauthorized music video or song posted on the site.