Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acquired a U.S. patent for its Instant Live post-concert CD technology. CCE says the patent was granted "for the business method of creating and distributing conc

Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acquired a U.S. patent for its Instant Live post-concert CD technology. CCE says the patent was granted "for the business method of creating and distributing concert recordings contemporaneously at events." The company filed its patent request in 2000.

CCE executives recently said they would be installing Instant Live technology in CCE-owned clubs in Atlanta, Cleveland and San Francisco. Acts that play these venues, including the Odeon in Cleveland, will have the opportunity to record and sell CDs after each show.

Last summer, Instant Live was introduced at an Allman Brothers performance in Hartford, Conn. The band sold 500 two-disc sets, priced at $22 apiece.

"We are dedicated to the growth of the format. It represents a great opportunity for established acts to deliver something special to fans while enhancing their revenues," says Steve Simon, executive VP of CCE's music division and director of Instant Live.

It was unclear at deadline what effect the patent would have on Instant Live competitors such as DiscLive, which is headed by former Loud Records president Rich Isaacson.

As previously reported, DiscLive will be recording each show on the Pixies' reunion tour. Richardson says DiscLive has sold out of its pre-order allotment -- 500 discs per show -- for the first three Pixie stops in April.

Richardson declined to comment on the Instant Live patent.

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