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MySpace Copyright Infringements, User-Control Limited


Yes, it is happening right before your eyes. MySpace.com which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has introduced its new “audio fingerprinting” technology to block users from uploading copyrighted music to the social networking site, the company said Monday.

NWS, stated that it will review all music files uploaded by members to their online user profiles. Any files uploaded will be ran through a music database from a company called Gracenote Inc.

Many music users have already had their share of experiences with the new audio fingerprinting technology, such a song which is already in the database that carries the name of a registered song will not be allowed to be added as a song upload.

“MySpace is staunchly committed to protecting artists’ rights, whether those artists are on major labels or are independent acts,” said Chris DeWolfe, MySpace chief executive and co-founder.

The company will be cracking down on users who repeatedly attempt to upload copyright music files which they do not have legal rights to or permission from the copyright holder and will be permanently barred from the site which will be a task within itself.

Inaddition to the audio fingerprinting, Myspace has also been removing users who frequently spam and has limited invitations from bogos friends sent to thousands of users at a time.

Will Myspace gradually limit the user-control function of the social networking site and become a corporate tool that will allow News Corp. to market the company’s movies, TV shows and more? Wait and watch!

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