“As the music industry further evolves into a service based industry, the market will increasingly turn to proven partners who help copyright owners maximize the collection of their performance royalties by ensuring accuracy and finding unlicensed use of
New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 8, 2010
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the world's leading global music publisher, and TuneSat, LLC announced today that they have entered into a deal to utilize TuneSat audio fingerprint technology to monitor performance use of UMPG's vast copyrights across U.S. broadcast television.
"Whether it's UMPG's own proprietary system of Royalty Window, or our new relationship with Tunesat, we believe in using technology to give our writers an edge in tracking and getting remuneration for their music," said David Renzer, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group.
"This partnership reflects an important milestone in our company's growth," said Scott Schreer, founder & CEO of TuneSat. "Universal Music Publishing Group represents an extremely valuable catalog of copyrights that we will assist in monetizing by providing data related to their catalog's use."
Performing rights organizations, such as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC collect and distribute approximately $2 billion dollars a year in domestic public and broadcast performance licensing income detecting the exploitation of copyrights in broadcast media.
"As the music industry further evolves into a service based industry, the market will increasingly turn to proven partners who help copyright owners maximize the collection of their performance royalties by ensuring accuracy and finding unlicensed use of their works. In the digital era, they should expect nothing less," said Chris Woods, EVP of TuneSat. "The deal with UMPG demonstrates that TuneSat delivers on the promise of digital monitoring by utilizing our proprietary audio fingerprint technology."
TuneSat's technology, like none-other, is forensic in its ability to identify music in any environment. A "fingerprint" is taken of a digital audio file, essentially extracting and storing the "DNA" of that recording into the TuneSat archive, and subsequently recognizes and logs the broadcast activity of that scoring cue or song providing information online in virtual real time.
The music can be detected, even after additional audio elements have been added to a media production, such as in commercials, voiceovers, dialogue, sound effects, and other "dirty audio" environments.
Subscribers using TuneSat technology reveal significant numbers of unlicensed performances, where production companies or broadcasters used music without the proper licenses in place from the copyright owners. TuneSat's innovative offering provides a path to ensure this kind of activity is a thing of the past.
In an age of increasing accountability and transparency, TuneSat's service offers a number of fundamental innovations that provide composers, publishers and artists with immediate, verifiable access to detections of their music, thereby maximizing the successful collection of performance royalties, while also protecting their copyrights.
About TuneSat LLC
In an increasingly noisy world, TuneSat deftly detects music use just about anywhere, including under dialogue, sound effects, or voiceovers, in full duration - even in the noisiest of environments - providing unrivaled, accurate reporting information to its clients. With a TuneSat subscription, access to worldwide detection data is available 24/7/365 through a secure online portal in as little as an hour after broadcast. Detailed reports provide valuable information about how much music was used, when and where including a downloadable recording of the captured detection. TuneSat is actively monitoring on behalf of clients in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, and Italy with more than 200 channels and more territories to come. TuneSat LLC is based in New York City. For more information, please visit http://www.tunesat.com/
About Universal Music Publishing Group
With 51 offices in 43 territories worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry's leading global music publishing operation. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world's hottest songwriters and catalogs including Abba, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Lily Allen, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Bjork, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Ciara, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Daughtry, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Franz Ferdinand, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, Keane, R. Kelly, The Killers, Diana Krall, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Prince, Otis Redding, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, 3 Doors Down, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, and U2, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information please visit http://www.umusicpub.com.
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