Software automates copyright infringement detection.

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Virage Automatic Copyright Infringement Detection (ACID) enables copyright owners such as broadcasters, production houses, and publishers to maintain control of their intellectual property by automating detection of illegal distribution of copyrighted material on Internet. Powered by Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), ACID utilizes image and audio analysis technology to offer accurate and scalable method of detecting breaches of copyright regardless of location or format.



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Autonomy's Virage Automates Copyright Infringement Detection for Online Video



CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 5/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L), a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise and proponent of Meaning-Based Computing, today announced the release of Virage Automatic Copyright Infringement Detection (ACID). Virage ACID enables copyright owners such as broadcasters, production houses and publishers to maintain control of their Intellectual Property by automating the detection of illegal distribution of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Using Autonomy's unique Meaning-Based Computing, which includes patented image and audio analysis technology, and powered by the Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), ACID offers a fast, accurate and scalable method of detecting breaches of copyright, wherever they are located and whatever format they are in. By automatically detecting any rich media that infringes an organization's copyright, Virage ACID eliminates the need for content owners to spend hours trawling through video sharing websites, or manually scanning p2p file contents.

In addition, Virage ACID's functions are particularly valuable for organizations that see Internet distribution of user-generated or hosted content as critical to their business model. Instead of relying on copyright owners to alert hosting agents to offending material (a legally contentious strategy), content hosts can take a more proactive approach by scanning material as it is uploaded and quarantining content that may be breaching copyright. This real-time approach can deliver extensive return on investment as hosts can avoid potentially expensive legal disputes by removing risky content before it is posted. In addition, this is done without frustrating users with the lengthy delays between uploading and posting that more manual processes inevitably cause.

Unlike many Digital Rights Management solutions, the system does not rely on watermarking and so is not undermined by random noise or format and codec changes.

Furthermore, Virage's ACID module is not restricted to one form of data. Being totally independent of media format, ACID can not only detect whether distributed video infringes copyright, but also whether audio content ripped from a copyrighted video or audio track that is overlaid on legitimate video has been uploaded.

"With the explosion in interest around video sharing and distribution over the Internet, copyright owners must act rapidly to stay ahead of the rising tide of illegal copies of their content. With Autonomy's Meaning Based Computing technology and image and audio analysis expertise, ACID is a powerful solution to help media companies protect their assets, and video sharing websites to reduce their risk, while reducing administrative overheads for both," commented Dr. Mike Lynch, CEO, Autonomy.

About Virage

Virage, a division of Autonomy Systems, is a world-leader in Rich Media Management software and intelligent video analytics. Virage has developed the world's first technology to automatically capture, encode and index television, video and audio content from any source, including live feeds and archived data. By automatically generating a comprehensive range of metadata, including keyframes, face and speaker recognition and transcription of the audio stream, Virage ensures all rich media is fully searchable and accessible by any user.

Powered by Autonomy's IDOL, Virage has a long and distinguished history of working with blue-chip corporations, media and entertainment companies, universities and government agencies worldwide.

Virage customers include the BBC, CNN, France 2, Boeing, BAE Systems, Daimler Chrysler, New York University, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, the NBA, the Toronto Police Department, as well as many of the world's leading intelligence and defense agencies. With dual headquarters in San Francisco, US and Cambridge, UK, Virage is a global company with offices throughout the world.

About Autonomy

Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L) is a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise and is spearheading the meaning-based computing movement. Autonomy's technology forms a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece of electronic data including unstructured information, be it text, email, voice or video. Autonomy's software powers the full spectrum of mission-critical enterprise applications including information access technology, BI, CRM, KM, call center solutions, rich media management, compliance and litigation solutions and security applications, and is recognized by industry analysts as the clear leader in enterprise search.

Autonomy's customer base comprises more than 16,000 global companies and organizations including: 3, ABN AMRO, AOL, BAE Systems, BBC, Bloomberg, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft Foods, Lloyd TSB, NASA, Nestle, the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters, Shell, T-Mobile, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autonomy also has over 300 OEM partners and more than 350 VARs and Integrators, numbering among them leading companies such as BEA, Business Objects, Citrix, EDS, IBM Global Services, Novell, Stellent, Sybase, Symantec, TIBCO and Vignette. The company has offices worldwide.

The Autonomy Group includes: Aungate, specialist in real-time enterprise governance; Virage, a visionary in rich media management and security and surveillance technology; etalk, award-winning provider of enterprise-class contact center products and Cardiff, a leader in content capture and business process management solutions.

Source: Autonomy Corporation plc

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