Publishers See a Way to Track Their Content Across the Net

Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread.A young company called Attributor says it has an answer, and a number of big publishers of copyrighted material say Attributor just might be right.The company has developed software that identifies an electronic “fingerprint” for a particular piece of material — an article, a picture, a video. Then it hunts down any place across the Web where a significant chunk of that work has been copied, with or without permission.
http://nytimes.com/2007/11/05/business/media/05paper.html

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