AES New York 2013
Archiving and Restoration Track Event W14

Friday, October 18, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm (Room 1E14)

Workshop: W14 - The Timeline Never Lies: Audio Engineers Aiding Forensic Investigators in Cases of Suspected Music Piracy

Martha de Francisco, McGill University - Montreal, QC, Canada
Cynthia Arato, Shapiro, Arato & Isserles - New York, NY, USA
Joe Bennett, Bath Spa University - Bath, UK
Thomas Owen, Owen Forensic Services - Colonia, NJ, USA

Technological evolution in the music world has lead to a heightened threat of illegal copying of music performances. Based upon their professional practice audio engineers are being consulted by repertoire owners and their lawyers in cases of suspected music piracy. The expert witnesses develop systematic approaches to obtaining proof of authenticity of the music material based on their professional expertise in analytical listening of the recorded sound and in studio production tools and techniques as well as on their ability to evaluate minute details of the music performance. Their findings may lead the courts to uncover dubious practices of falsification and subsequent release of copyrighted music files.

A musicologist, a recording engineer/producer, a forensic audio specialist, and a litigation attorney present and discuss aspects of forensic audio and intellectual property.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Audio Forensics

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