A long and winding road to new copyright legislation

Dave Davis Contributor Dave Davis joined Copyright Clearance Center in 1994 and currently serves as a research analyst. He previously held directorships in both public libraries and corporate librarie

Nielsen will use Gracenote’s smart TV data for ad targeting

Nielsen is expanding its Marketing Cloud by plugging in smart TV viewership data from Gracenote. Kelly Abcarian, senior vice president of product leadership at Nielsen, explained that the goal is to b

Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

Media metadata company Gracenote is looking to be the one-stop data provider for TV providers, device manufacturers and various media distribution services. To do so, the company has unified its vast

Nielsen will acquire Tribune-owned Gracenote for $560M

Tribune Media Company announced today that it has agreed to sell Gracenote (which provides metadata around TV, music and other media) to Nielsen. Gracenote says it provides the data for 12 million mov

Gracenote Spent $54 Million Buying Two Companies To Launch A New Sports Data Product

Music and video metadata company Gracenote is launching a new product for a new vertical, getting into sports data for the first time. To power the new sports product the company has acquired a couple

Gracenote’s New Car Audio Platform Looks To Unify Online And Offline Services

Gracenote is looking to improve car audio with a platform for identifying music from different artists regardless of which service users are listening to in their car. In doing so, Gracenote hopes to

Gracenote Acquires Australian Metadata Provider HWW for $19 Million

Another day, another Gracenote acquisition. The Tribune-owned entertainment information company has bought yet another metadata provider -- this time Australia's HWW for $19 million USD. The purchase

Gracenote Acquires TV And Film Data Provider Baseline For $50 Million

It looks like new Gracenote CEO John Batter is already making a mark on the company he only officially joined yesterday. Today the company is announcing that it’s acquired Baseline, another provider

Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs

Tribune has hired M-Go CEO John Batter to lead the Gracenote team as its new chief executive. There he'll report to Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori and be tasked with setting the strategic direction a

Gracenote Teams With Musicmetric To Bring Social Data To Its Rhythm Music-Recommendation Platform

Today Gracenote announced that Rhythm, its Internet radio and music recommendation service, is becoming a bit smarter with new inclusion of social data from Musicmetric. Rhythm is a white-label servi

Tribune Has Closed Its Acquisition Of Gracenote… Here’s What Comes Next

Tribune announced plans to acquire Gracenote from Sony for $170 million in cash, and to combine the company with its Media Services business. More specifically, Gracenote will be part of a recently fo

Tribune To Acquire Sony Audio Recognition Unit Gracenote For $170 Million

Global consumer electronics conglomerate Sony is getting a tiny bit leaner with the sale of Gracenote, a business unit that provides audio recognition and metadata solutions to a number of device manu

Gracenote’s New TV Sync API Could Spawn Indie Second-Screen Apps

Imagine watching a classic mystery film or seasons of Lost while using a second-screen app that gives you unofficial insights and conspiracy theories as their plots move along. That's the promise of G

Gracenote’s Ad Replacement System That Personalizes TV Commercials Will Start Trials In 2013

Most TV commercials are poorly targeted and show things you'd never buy. But not for long. <a target="_blank" href="">Gracenote</a>'s new ad replacement system combi

Live From Hollywood: Google's Music Onebox Launches, Powered By MySpace And Lala

<img src="" width="188" height="200" />I'm here at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California for a special media event where Lala

Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M

Sony has agreed to acquire Gracenote for about $260M. Gracenote provides a range of music-related solutions including MusicID, which detects which song is currently being played by an application and

Lyrics Websites Strike Sour Note With Songwriters

We’ve all been there, searching for the words to Weezer’s My Name is Jonas because you can’t tell if Rivers Cuomo says “just like Grandma made when we couldn’t find somet

The Future Of Copyright Protection Is Here And It Costs $11 An Hour

It’s no secret that video sites like YouTube benefited from added traffic generated by hosting copyrighted content. But as these sites get acquired, integrate advertising, or just want to avoid

Gracenote Mobile Music 2.0 Tries To Make Music-Playing Cellphones Not Suck

Music-playing cellphones were supposed to have “arrived” by now, but few companies have actually gotten them right so far. (That could be the wireless providers’ fault, though.) So G