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MySpace will block illegal use of music

NEW YORK -- News Corp.'s MySpace.com yesterday said it had licensed a new technology to stop users from posting unauthorized copyrighted music on the social networking website and oust frequent violators of its policy.

The move comes amid pressure from major studios and record labels against popular online sites like MySpace and YouTube, which they accuse of infringing the copyrights of music and videos.

MySpace licensed technology from privately held Gracenote allowing it to review music recordings uploaded by community members to their profiles.

The technology compares those filed with Gracenote's database of copyrighted material and can block uploads without proper rights. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

Sites like MySpace and YouTube are littered with copyrighted music and video posted by their users, who hope to share them with friends and strangers alike.

Both say they remove unauthorized copyrighted material when notified.

But MySpace, increasingly seen as a site to hear and see music and video, will soon begin selling songs from nearly 3 million unsigned bands. It aims to eventually offer copyright-protected songs from major record companies.

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