Monday, December 18, 2006

Attributor's Infringement Finder

Attributor Corp has developed a tool, due to launch early next year, that will scan the web to find unauthorized uses of its clients' copyrighted materials. The article implies that the service, if successful, might allow content owners to ease up on protecting their assets through over-reliance on frustrating -- and often ineffective -- DRM measures. Also, "the company says it will have over 10 billion Web pages in its index before the end of this month." Heck, Google does that in its sleep. So why isn't this the latest Google Labs project? Oh, right.



At 9:06 PM, Blogger Ben D. Manevitz said...

Actually, Copyscape has been around for a while, and ostensibly does the same thing. Also, it would seem fairly trivial for someone with more programming skills than I have to cobble up something using the Google API that would do the same thing as well.

A random copyscape check a few months ago did call to my attention a splog that had copied something I had put up on the web, so I can attest to its working to that extent, at least.


At 4:52 PM, Blogger Matthew Saunders said...

Yes, it would seem Attributor thinks it's bringing something bigger and badder to the table. Being able to scan and identify the owner of a particular multimedia work -- audio, video, etc -- without merely cross-referencing a file name would be quite a trick, perhaps that's what they're up to. We shall see.


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