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Can Collecting Societies Survive Beyond The Digital Frontier?

The following is the text of an address given at MIDEM by John Hutchinson, CEO of MCPS/PRS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society/Performing Rights Society) in Great Britain. He is the British counterpart to Frances Preston of BMI, John LoFrumento of ASCAP, Bill Velez of SESAC and Edward Murphy of the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. We are [...]

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Digital Watermarking And The Performing Right – Part 2

September 1, 1998

In the arena of digital watermarking-that is, the process of automating music performance tracking in broadcast, cable and on the Internet-the current level of activity in the industry can easily be described as buzzing. This is quite a contrast from a year ago, when the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) quietly issued its Request [...]

Digital Watermarking And The Performing Right – Part 1

July 11, 1998

Americans have come to expect a high level of performance from financial service providers in the Information Age. This expectation includes total accountability and transparency of operation with regard to accounts, i.e. your bank, law firm, stock brokerage, credit union, department store and corner gas station. If they handle your money and send you a [...]