IBM, music companies to combat copyright piracy

IBM and five major record companies have announced that they will test a system designed to thwart music piracy while allowing distribution of full-length, CD-quality recordings via the Internet.

Pirated recordings made from music obtained on the Internet have been a source of concern for record companies. The system developed by IBM is based on an open architecture with a clearinghouse that authorises and processes transactions in a manner similar to the way banks authorise financial transactions online, IBM and the companies said. Downloaded music can be transferred to any recordable digital medium that complies with copy control policies used in the trial, they said.

The market trial, expected to begin next quarter and last for some six months, will let consumers buy and download music over their computers using a broadband, cable modem system. A 60-minute recording can be downloaded in under 10 minutes, the companies said. More than 2000 recordings will be available for download.

The trial will be conducted with about 1000 cable subscribers in San Diego. The test will at first take place over broadband cable modem, but will expand to include narrowband telephony.

The five recording companies participating in the trial are BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music and Warner Music.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Weil

PC World
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?