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According to Digital Music News, the new startup Remix Hits has just closed a deal with Sony Music that could change the way musicians and DJs create and distribute legal remixes using copyrighted material. The service will allow users to purchase “stems” — isolated parts of songs — for musicians to use in their own creations, which can then be released via the company’s Remix Hits Platform distribution service.

The company, based in Nashville, says the platform works with an advanced audio identification technology that can detect copyrighted material at the stem level, even if it’s been “chopped, reversed, pitch shifted, time stretched, distorted, and compressed to extreme levels.” That’s a step beyond most identification systems,…

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