MySpace cracking down on illegal music uploads

Licenses Gracenote filtering system

News Corp.'s MySpace will implement a music content filtering system in an effort to weed out unauthorized copyrighted music posted on their pages, the social networking portal said Monday.

MySpace, which has more than 90 million users, licensed the technology from Gracenote, a private digital-entertainment company, to identify copyrighted music on profile pages and to prevent users from uploading the audio. Individuals who repeatedly attempt to upload unauthorized music will have their accounts deleted.

"MySpace is staunchly committed to protecting artists' rights, whether those artists are on major labels or are independent acts," MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe said. "This is another important step we're taking to ensure artists control the content they create."

MySpace has more than 100 million profile pages, including 3 million band sites, many of which feature copyrighted music.

This announcement comes a couple days after YouTube, which Google has announced they will acquire, started their own crackdown on copyrighted material, removing Comedy Central clips at Viacom's request. MySpace's policy differs, though, in that they pledge to take down copyrighted material before the owners request it.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.