DJs and hip-hop artists love to use samples of popular music tracks in their remixes and songs. Listeners love to access these forms of audio entertainment on streaming media services. However, music labels hate it when people sample and stream their material without paying royalties—and these companies are willing to take whatever measures necessary to prevent this from happening.
Enter startup Dubset Media Holdings Inc., which in February announced it raised $4 million for its music marketplace, according to TechCrunch. Dubset manages the legal- and royalty-related complexities involved in audio sampling, allowing streamed mixes and remixes to reuse music, while also ensuring the record labels get their due.
Using a combination of fingerprinting and rights-management techniques, Dubset’s MixSCAN technology can scan music on streaming services to detect and identify samples of copyrighted material. The company can then distribute appropriate royalties to the copyright holders. This is paving the way for streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to present mixes and remixes that contain samples.
MixSCAN takes mixes and remixes and parses them into smaller micro audio segments. It then uses a combination of acoustic and textual fingerprinting technologies, along with the company’s heuristics and pattern analysis technology, to identify all the original master recordings sampled in the mixes and remixes.
With the interests of all parties satisfied by Dubset’s technology, expect to hear more mixes and remixes containing audio samples on streaming music services in the near future.
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