Audible Magic Corporation, a company that pioneered in digital fingerprinting and automated content recognition (ACR) technology, has filed a lawsuit against Google. The company has filed a petition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). According to the petition, Google had falsely registered the Content ID trademark that belongs to Audible Magic.
Started with YouTube:
Back in 2006, YouTube was under a contract with Audible Magic. The contract lasted through YouTube acquisition, until the end of 2009. For four years, Audible Magic had offered its Content ID services (which was trademarked and patented) to YouTube. Later on, Google had launched content ID services on its own.
Speaking about their legal action against the tech giant,
“Content ID is fundamentally about protecting against unauthorized use of copyrighted works, and to have a company usurp our trademark for its own use and registration undermines their ability to be trusted to have the proper motivations in protecting third-party intellectual property rights. Even more egregious is that Google has reportedly generated billions of dollars in revenues under a trademark that we rightfully own.”
Said Vance Ikezoye, the CEO and co-founder of Audible Magic.
A popular name:
Audible Magic has long been a popular brand amongst service operators. The company is known as a digital fingerprinting solution provider and the makers of Content ID services. You can read the full petition here.