Canal Plus, Dailymotion ink content deal

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PARIS -- Media-sharing Web site Dailymotion has signed an agreement with Canal Plus to protect the French pay TV group's content on its site, the companies said Thursday.

Dailymotion agreed to honor copyright infringement laws and employ strict controls over the Canal Plus content broadcast on its site.

"Dailymotion has always prided itself on being the privileged partner of the major players in media music and film culture. In just a few months, we've integrated some of the most effective technology such as audio fingerprinting -- and tomorrow video fingerprinting -- in order to prevent the download of protected content onto our site," Dailymotion president Mark Zaleski said.

Added Canal Plus exec vp Rodolphe Belmer: "We're thrilled that a referential site like Dailymotion is standing by us in the protection of our content. Canal Plus makes important investments every year in order to offer the best programs to its subscribers and hopes to maintain the confidence that both French and American producers have in us."

Dailymotion integrated audio fingerprinting from Audible Magic in July on its six localized sites and in the 14 languages offered.

In October, the "French YouTube" became the first site of its kind to offer "Signature" video fingerprinting when it signed a content deal with France's National Audiovisual Institute the INA.
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