Music distribution service DistroKid has entered into a global strategic partnership with digital content identification, licensing, and monetization platform Audible Magic to prevent “fraudulent artists stealing and uploading unreleased original content”.
The move, say the two firms, will help protect artists by verifying the authenticity of both tracks and artists that the music originated from before music is distributed to streaming services.
When an artist requests to upload song files via DistroKid, Audible Magic’s RightsRx technology checks its registry of over 20 million media assets to ensure the artist-uploaded content is conflict-free before distribution to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube etc.
DistroKid will also be the first distributor to implement Audible Magic’s detection tool Broad Spectrum.
An extension of Audible Magic’s ContentID service, Broad Spectrum can identify extreme manipulations of rate, pitch and tempo using only small clips of audio.
The distributor has also launched a free service called DistroLock that allows any artist to upload and register their unreleased audio files through the platform, which will encode a unique audio fingerprint and add it to Audible Magic’s registry.
Distrolock will then request to block the unauthorized release of an artist’s music (or “leaks”) from appearing on streaming services and social platforms.
DistroLock also includes an API that will allow other distributors and streaming services to validate the authenticity of music uploaded to their respective platforms before making it available to the public.
“This partnership signals our joint commitment to an industry working towards clean data, proper rights management and improved artist attribution.”
Vance Ikezoye, Audible Magic
Vance Ikezoye, President and Chief Executive Officer at Audible Magic, said: “In this day and age, it’s imperative for artists everywhere to register their content to not only claim ownership, avoiding impersonators, but to also ensure that they are being accurately credited and compensated.
“DistroKid has a positive reputation amongst artists for making distribution fast, reliable and easy. This partnership signals our joint commitment to an industry working towards clean data, proper rights management and improved artist attribution.”
“With the launch of DistroLock, any musician can preemptively register their audio to help ensure that unauthorized releases don’t see the light of day.”
Philip Kaplan, DistroKid
DistroKid Chief Executive Officer Philip Kaplan, said: “Until now, there hasn’t been a definitive way for artists to say, ‘this is my audio, don’t let anyone else release it.
“With the launch of DistroLock, any musician can preemptively register their audio to help ensure that unauthorized releases don’t see the light of day.
This partnership with Audible Magic and the creation of DistroLock will help artists by ensuring that their original content is uploaded and distributed fairly, with accuracy and speed.”
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