Licensing music trial

Subject: Licensing music trial
From: Barbara Schleihagen (
Date: ma 07 syys   1998 - 09:57:15 EEST

The following message is copied from the "Imprimatur Linkmail No. 18
September 1998", sent out by Jane Dorner - email:

Link to Imprimatur trial site at

The first integrated solution for licensing music in the digital age is
being formally tested this autumn by UK music rights societies MCPS and PRS
and the leading US-based developer of secure on-line music delivery
systems, Liquid Audio.

Anyone visiting the Web site will be able to download
CD-quality music for free using the Liquid Audio MusicPlayer (which can
also be downloaded free from The music tracks
available for
download have been provided free of charge by PRS and MCPS members for the
duration of the 90-day trial.

Utilising the Liquid Audio music distribution system, the trial partners
will track music downloads and users will be given automatic copyright
clearance in accordance with the licence granted to the owner of the sound
recording by the copyright holder of the musical work. The prototype
integrated licensing system developed by MCPS and PRS for
provides a template for future audio distribution and licensing management
on the Internet and represents a critical step forward for on-line music
sales. demonstrates how music can be acquired and licensed
for use in one simple on-line transaction.

This unprecedented trial represents the first significant step towards
finding a global solution for the legal trading of copyright music and
sound recordings in the electronic age.

More information from

Best wishes,
Barbara Schleihagen

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

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