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IBM and Mediamatec Bring Digital Music Distribution to European Market

IBM Electronic Media Management System To Extend MediaMatec Integrated Platform For Serving Music Retailers and Record Labels

Paris, France & Zurich, Switzerl - 21 Jan 2001: IBM and MediaMatec AG today announced that MediaMatec will license IBM's Electronic Media Management System (EMMS) for integration with MediaMatec's soon-to-be-announced Clearing-Service. EMMS provides a sophisticated electronic media distribution and digital rights management (DRM) system that will enable MediaMatec to offer a comprehensive and integrated service to record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the digital music distribution marketplace. Records labels and retailers will be able to use the MediaMatec Clearing-Service to deliver copyright-protected music to consumers without implementing a DRM infrastructure of their own.

IBM's EMMS base technology licensed to MediaMatec consists of four modules: Content Mastering, Content Hosting, Web Commerce Enabler and Clearinghouse. Using EMMS' rich security feature set, MediaMatec will be able to deliver music in different digital formats such as AAC, ATRAC3, ePAC and MP3 to the European music markets.

"We are pleased to work with MediaMatec in developing the European digital music marketplace," said Scott Burnett, business development executive, Content Distribution, IBM Global Media & Entertainment Industry. "MediaMatec's integrated approach for offering the benefits of DRM to the music industry should enable a fast and streamlined process for distributing music to consumers."

MediaMatec is enabling retailers to sell a large selection of quality, downloadable music from top artists. The company's goal is to create a superior consumer experience by working closely with music labels and retailers while remaining completely transparent to the end users.

"IBM's EMMS provides key components for MediaMatec's music distribution platform - for example, sophisticated digital rights management features enable us to reliably compensate artists whenever their fans purchase a song," commented Michael Imfeld, CEO and co-founder of MediaMatec. "We are proud to bring these exciting new technologies to the European market. They will help us make the Internet an even more interesting place work and play," said Imfeld.

In addition to MediaMatec, EMMS has received support from BMG, Handleman Company, JesterDigital, labelgate.com, Liquid Audio Japan, music.co.jp, MusicMatch, NTT Docomo, RealNetworks, Reciprocal, Sony Corporation, Sterling Sound and Toshiba. EMMS was successfully tested in the first broadband music distribution trial conducted with the five leading record companies.

Contact(s) information

Nigel Henzell-Thomas
IBM
44 (0) 780-1909-382 (mobile)
Henzell@uk.ibm.com

Michael Imfeld, MediaMatec
imfeld@mediamatec.com
imfeld@mediamatec.com
41 76 332 21 40 (mobile)

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