is a web service
that allows publishers to program when, where and how their content appears on the web.
Attributor digitally fingerprints each piece of content (a paragraph, an image, a video) to uniquely identify the content based on its essential features. Each content owner can define permitted use of their original content, such as how much can be copied, what kind of attribution is required and whether and on what terms commercial use is permitted. Attributor’s system then scans billions of pages on the Internet, reports back the instances where the content has been copied and estimates the size of the audience that has viewed the piece.
When Attributor finds a use that is not permitted, the content owner is alerted and can choose a range of actions including a request to add a link to the content owner, a licensing request or a DMCA takedown notice. While the company claims to be building services for all media types (text, images, music and video), only text content monitoring is available for customers. Attributor recently released a report highlighting its image tracking capabilities.
Attributor was founded in 2005 by Jim Brock
, and Jim Pitkow
. It received Series C funding
in April, 2007 totaling $ 12 Million led by JAFCO Ventures
and previous investor Sigma Partners
A handful of companies are trying to weed out unauthorized uses of content online, each focused on a specific content type.
uses the Google Web APIs
to find copies of your site elsewhere on the Web. The free Copyscape service permits up to 20 searches per site per month but there is a premium service if you require more.
provides image copyright owners with periodic reports about potential clients who may not have realized they actually need to pay to use the image
Music: Audible Magic
provides registration services to owners of music. Registering your creative works in Audible Magic’s database will reduce chances for your works to be pirated.
None known at this time - most media and entertainment companies have relied on a combination of technology and their own scanning to protect their content online