IMPRIMATUR-PROPAGATE RELEASE


Subject: IMPRIMATUR-PROPAGATE RELEASE
From: Barbara Schleihagen (eblida@nblc.nl)
Date: ma 14 heinä  1997 - 16:45:41 EEST


>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday 11th July 1997

>EUROPE - AUSTRALIA INTERNET COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE SEALED

>ESPRIT IMPRIMATUR PROJECT AND AUSTRALIAN PROPAGATE PROJECT SIGN INITIAL
>CO-OPERATION PACT FOR DIGITAL COPYRIGHT.
>
>A new European/Australian alliance for the protection and trading of
>digital intellectual property on the Internet - music, video, text and
>images - has been formed. The IMPRIMATUR and Propagate projects, both major
>players in the emerging digital copyright market, have agreed in principle
>to joint technical development on the basis of open system architecture for
>Electronic Copyright Management Systems.
>
>The importance of the deal was emphasized by Chris Barlas, the
>British-based project director of IMPRIMATUR.
>
>"Electronic Commerce is of vital importance to national economies. That’s
>clear from both President Clinton’s recent speech and the outcome of last
>week’s Bonn G7 Ministerial Conference. This new alliance between Europe and
>Australia means we will be able to move that bit faster in our efforts to
>prove it is possible to protect copyright on the Internet in a
>non-proprietary, standardised framework at an international level."
>
>Bronwyn Wells, project manager of PROPAGATE, welcomed the agreement.
>
>"This is an excellent opportunity for Australia to contribute to a major
>global initiative for the protection and trade of copyright material. By
>drawing on Australia’s leading edge technical skills and prominence in the
>international copyright arena, we believe that the outcomes of this
>alliance will be of real significance to the Asia Pacific region."
>
>The joint development to be undertaken by the two projects is the best
>chance for Europe and Australia to develop copyright management systems
>that can work together. In particular both sides agree that users must be
>able to access Internet-based information and entertainment via
>non-proprietary systems within a secure trading environment.
>
>IMPRIMATUR and Propagate will be seeking assistance under the Bilateral RTD
>treaty between the European Union and the Australian Government.
>
>FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
>
>EUROPE
>Chris Barlas
>IMPRIMATUR
>8 Bedford SquareLondon WC1B 3RA
>Tel : +44 (0)171 436 5578
>Fax : +44 (0)171 436 5579
>chris.barlas@alcs.co.uk
>http://www.imprimatur.alcs.co.uk
>
>AUSTRALIA
>Bronwyn Wells
>PROPAGATE
>Access Australia CMC Pty ltd.,
>Australian Technology Park
>Cornwallis Street
>Everleigh NSW 1430
>Australia
>Tel : +61 2 9209 4600
>Fax : +61 2 9209 4601
>bronwynw@mcaccess.com.au
>
>____________________________________
>Chris Barlas
>IMPRIMATUR
>Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
>8 Bedford Square
>London WC1B 3RA
>
>Tel : +44 (0)171 436 5578
>Fax : +44 (0)171 436 5579
>
>www.imprimatur.alcs.co.uk
>

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EBLIDA
Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Grootscholten, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08
email: eblida@nblc.nl
http://www.kaapeli.fi/~eblida/



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