MySpace Implements Big Brother Content Filtering

Oct 30th, 2006 | By | Category: Citizen Media, Video Podcasts, Vlogs

MySpace announced today that it plans to screen user posts to block unauthorized copyrighted music audio recordings from being hosted on the site.

MySpace will automatically screen audio recordings uploaded by community members to their profiles. The technology is designed to let MySpace identify copyrighted music for designated rights holders and let MySpace block the uploading of files containing traditionally copyrighted content.

According to MySpace, the system will let the company more effectively implement its user policy against uploading copyrighted material. Consistent with MySpace’s current policy, individuals who repeatedly attempt to upload unauthorized music will have their accounts permanently deleted.

“MySpace is staunchly committed to protecting artists’ rights – whether those artists are on major labels or are independent acts,” said Chris DeWolfe, CEO and co-founder of MySpace. “This is another important step we’re taking to ensure artists control the content they create.”

MySpace’s move follows similar actions at YouTube. The music industry has announced massive lawsuits against other video hosting companies to force them to adopt filtering measures.

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