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Sony casts Audible Magic for antipiracy push

The content-filtering company will work with Sony to combat unauthorized downloading of music on peer-to-peer networks.

Audible Magic, a content-filtering company, announced on Friday a wide-ranging agreement with Sony Music, aimed in part at improving tools to combat peer-to-peer piracy. The record label will provide digital "fingerprints" to Audible Magic, which creates technology that identifies and blocks songs as they are transferred online through file-swapping applications or other tools.

Sony will also license Audible Magic's song-identification software for use in its internal operations, and the two companies will work together on an antipiracy program targeted at universities, they said.