MySpace to install music copyright software

By Aline van Duyn and Joshua Chaffin in New York

Published: October 30 2006

Finanacial Times

MySpace.com, the social networking site owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, will install new technology designed to stop its 120m users from posting unauthorised copyrighted music on its site and will ban frequent copyright offenders.

The move to introduce the fingerprinting software comes amid pressure from major studios and record labels on popular web destinations like MySpace and YouTube to curb the large amounts of material that gets illegally shared on the web.

MySpace said on Monday it was also trying to find technology that could check and block videos posted on its site.