|Napster Signs Deal with Loudeye Technologies to begin "Fingerprinting" songs|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 01 June 2001|
Napster Inc. announced that they have signed a deal with Loudeye Technologies to strengthen their song filtering efforts. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued an injunction in March 2001 demanding that the file-swapping company block all copyrighted material from its database.
Now, Napster has reportedly signed a multi-year deal with Loudeye under which the company will give Napster a fingerprinting technology to use in the Napster subscription based service that is anticipated to launch this summer.
The technology provides unique "fingerprints" for approximately 2 million music titles. This technology identifies tracks via their wavelength patterns, which allows Napster to track the songs after they have been downloaded, and even verify the identity of files shared. Napster had already been working with Gracenote another company with file-filtering technology and the new deal with Loudeye should further improve their filtering capabilities.