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Business Model and Method for e-Karaoke

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021209D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes a means of providing real-time content to karaoke providers, to enable a virtually limitless library of song titles for patrons.

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Business Model and Method for e-Karaoke

This articles details a new business model and method for the centralization of karaoke data (music and lyrics) into a standardized system with web enablement and web-based distribution of entertainment or karaoke content. First, the web enablement of karaoke data provides for a centralized store for the karaoke data that includes searching, organization, and language translation of the karaoke data using MPEG7 or MPEG21 for example. Second, the web distribution allows for web-based karaoke content uploads directly from the music industry and content download to commercial merchants via a web interface or a java-based thin client. Karaoke content can also be copied from karaoke server to karaoke server using this technique. The web enablement and web distribution of the karaoke content can be controlled using standard business practices, but applied differently to account for the dissemination of the karaoke content. The karaoke content can contain, but is not limited to the special song track, the song lyrics, and video or graphical content, similar to a music video. Web-based search functions contained in the karaoke server infrastructure will allow for special searches based on content, and is empowered by an organizational structure that would include the MPEG7 standard and content management software.

This new system and business method differs from prior art in several ways. Firstly, there exists no online system for the distribution of karaoke music content. The systems that do exist for the distribution of karaoke media range from catalog/phone purchase from the recording industry to disparate small businesses that generate karaoke from MIDI melodies of popular song titles. In addition, older and perhaps less popular karaoke content is limited to media that has not been damaged and is available for resell on the secondary market, which is inherently not lucrative. This new system and business method allows for centralization of the content in a format that is universally acceptable, does not qualitatively degrade with time, is easily portable, and inherently is easy to distribute online using existing content management schemes. This new system would provide content-on-demand to the entertainment merchants around the world. If a customer or patron of a karaoke bar decided to sing a lesser-known German folk song in Japan, this system would provide that content near realtime from a large store of standardized karaoke content noted below in this proposed system and business method. In addition, by providing a standard set of organizational and portable format using MPEG7 and MPEG21 technologies for the karaoke content, karaoke file sharing from onlin...