TuneSat: A New Way to Track Down Who’s Using Your Songs Without Permission

If you’ve ever used an app like Soundhound or Shazam to identify a song you don’t know, you’ll understand how useful that technology can be.  Artists, labels, music publishers and other rights holders love it, too, because this technology gives them data about who’s interested in what songs.

TuneSat is different.  Instead of helping consumers identify songs, it tracks usage of songs for rights holders, looking for unlicensed use.  Once such use is identified, the data is turned over to the rights holder who an then decide to enlist a performing rights organzation such as ASCAP or SOCAN to collect.

In other words, TuneSat helps artists get the royalities that they’re legally owed.  And in the process, some pretty interesting data is collected.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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