Crunch Digital Forms Strategic Partnership with Audible Magic

Los Angeles, CA, October 28, 2014 – Today Crunch Digital, the data management and reporting service that bridges digital rights owners with content licensees, is announcing RegistryID™, their new system that will streamline music licensing and reporting. As an integral part of the RegistryID system, Crunch Digital has entered a strategic partnership with Audible Magic, the leader in automated content recognition (ACR) solutions for copyrighted content.

Matching music to copyright ownership data affects many digital services, apps and games. Finding the correct copyright owners and verifying licensing can become a monumental barrier for digital services. Over the last four years, Crunch Digital developed one of the most comprehensive registries for sound recording and musical composition metadata in the world. The release of RegistryID™, expected early next year, will enable distributors to verify licensing rights with music publishers for their content worldwide, ensuring that proper permissions have been obtained before the work is made available on their platform. RegistryID™ will be integrated with Crunch Digital’s existing data management and reporting solutions.

When content is added to a provider’s platform, RegistryID will use Audible Magic’s fingerprinting solution to match the content against registered sound recordings. If a match is found, RegistryID will then associate registered content with an underlying musical composition and its owners or administrators. Then the system can determine if a license is in effect for the musical composition to ultimately “block” or “allow” use on the platform based on licensing terms specified by the provider.

“Crunch Digital’s RegistryID addresses a problem we have seen for years in the digital marketplace,” said Vance Ikezoye, Audible Magic’s CEO. “Being able to match sound recordings to the underlying composition and verifying licenses can certainly enable access to more music for many delivery platforms.”

“We are excited to work with Audible Magic to enable our RegistryID,” said Keith Bernstein, founder of Crunch Digital. “Their fingerprinting technology allows us to deliver fast, robust responses to our customers so that they can focus on the customer experience without worrying about copyright issues.”

About Audible Magic Audible Magic is the trusted leader in automatic content recognition (ACR) fingerprinting technologies. The company offers a broad range of hosted solutions as well as hardware and software products that identify audio and video content, synchronize actions between media devices, trigger user interactivity, generate usage reporting and activate content monetization. Audible Magic’s customers and partners span technology, entertainment and media industries.

About Crunch Digital Crunch Digital™ is an independent technology firm whose mission is to eliminate the barriers of licensing and payments in the media & entertainment marketplace, fueling better revenue flow, improving business intelligence, and reducing operating costs for content licensees and content owners. Crunch Digital manages data flow for content licensees – digital service providers, multi-channel networks, game companies, app developers and mobile carriers – including royalty reporting for direct licenses. Crunch Digital also services content owners – including record labels, music publishers, audio book publishers, film & television studios and game publishers.