National cooperative research notifications: Secure Digital Music Initiative,


[Federal Register: December 2, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 231)]


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Antitrust Division

Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993--Secure Digital Music Initiative

Notice is hereby given that, on June 28, 1999, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (``the Act''), Secure Digital Music Initiative (``SDMI'') has filedwritten notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities of the parties and (2) the nature and objectives of the venture. The notifications were filedfor the purpose of involving the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act, the identities of the parties are: Adaptec, Milpitas, CA; AEI Music/Playmedia, Seattle, WA; American Federation of Musicians (AFM), New York, NY; American Federation of TV and Radio Artists (AFTRA), New York, NY; American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), New York, NY; America Online; Dulles, VA; Audio Matrix, New York, NY; Aris Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA; AT&T, Florham Park, NJ; Audible, Inc., Wayne, NJ; Audio Explosion, San Francisco, CA;, Cupertino, CA; Audio Soft, Geneva, Switzerland; Aureal Semiconductor, Inc., Fremont, CA; Beatnik, San Mateo, CA; BIEM, Paris, France; BMG Entertainment, Inc., New York, NY; Breaker Tech. Lmtd., London, England; Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), New York, NY; International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (ICSAC), Paris, France; CDDB, Berkeley, CA;, New York, NY; CD World Corp., New York, NY; Channelware, Inc., Nepean, Ontario, Canada; Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, TX; Comverse InfoSys Limited, Tel Aviv, Israel; Creative Technology Ltd., Milpitas, CA; Diamond Multimedia, San Jose, CA; Dentsu, Inc., Tokyo, Japan; Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany; Digimarc, Lake Oswego, OR; Digital on Demand, Carlsbad, CA; Digital Theater Systems, Inc., Agoura Hills, CA; DIVX, Herndon, VA; Dolby Laboratories, Inc., San Francisco, CA; EAIC Corporation (on behalf of Enso Audio Imaging), Seattle, WA; EMI-Capitol Records, New York, NY;, Inc., Redwood City, CA;, Seattle, WA; Federation of Music Producers Japan (FMJP), Tokyo, Japan; Fraunhaufer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V. for its Institut fuer Integrierte Schaltungen, Munich, Germany; Geidankyo (Japan Council of Performers Rights Admin), Tokyo, Japan; Harry Fox Agency, New York, NY; Hewlett Packard, Colorado Springs, CO; Hitachi Limited, Tokyo, Japan; HMV Group, London, England; International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), London, England;, Atlanta, GA; IGUIDE--News America Digital Publishing, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Infineon Technologies, Munich, Germany; Intertrust Technologies Corp., Sunnyvale, CA; Iomega Corp., Roy, UT; J. River, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Japan Digital Content (on behalf of Waveless Radio Consortium), Tokyo, Japan; JVWebb, Inc., Houston, TX; Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore; LG Electronic, Seoul, Korea; Liquid Audio, Redwood City, CA; Lucent Technologies, Atlanta, GA; Music Copyright Operational Services, Ltd. (MCOS), London, England; M. Ken Co, LTD, Tokyo, Japan; MAGEX, Montebello Vicentino, Italy; Matsushita, Tokyo, Japan; Micronas Semiconductors, Inc., San Jose, CA; Macro Vision, Sunnyvale, CA; MCY Music World, Inc., New York, NY; Memory Limited, Midlothian, UK; Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA; Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo, Japan; Multimedia Archives & Retrieval Systems, London, England; (formerly The Music Connection Corporation), Reston, VA; MusicMarc, Jerusalem, Israel; Music

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Producers Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA; National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), Marlton, NJ; National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), New York, NY; National Semiconductor Corporation (on behalf of Mediamatics), Santa Clara, CA; Nippon Telegraphic & Telephone Corp., Tokyo, Japan; Nokia, Tampere, Finland; NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc., Tokyo, Japan; Philips Corp. North America, Briarcliff Manor, NY; Pioneer North America, Inc., Long Beach, CA; QPICT, Inc., Saratoga, CA; RealNetworks, Inc., Seattle, WA; Reciprocal, Inc. (Rights Exchange), Buffalo, NY; Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA), Washington, DC; Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), Tokyo, Japan; RPK Security, Preverenges, Switzerland; The SDMI Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC; Samsung Electronics, Seoul, Korea; San Disk Corp., Sunnyvale, CA; Sanyo North America Corp., San Jose, CA; Seca (on behalf of Canal Plus), Paris, France; Sharp Corp., Osaka, Japan; Solana Technology Development Corp., San Diego, CA; Sonic Solutions, Novato, CA; Sonopress (BMG Storage Media), New York, NY; Sony Corp. of America, New York, NY; Sony Music Entertainment Inc., New York, NY; Sphere Multimedia Technologies Inc., Hallandale, FL;, Portland, OR; ST & Hilo, Madrid, Spain; STMicroelectronics, Inc., Carrollton, TX; TDK Electronics Corp., Port Washington, NY; Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX; Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc., Indianapolis, IN; Tokyo Electron Device Ltd., Tokyo, Japan; Toshiba Corp., Tokyo, Japan; Touch Tunes Digital Jukebox, Inc., Montreal, Canada; Universal Music Group, Los Angeles, CA; Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC), Yokohama, Japan; Warner Music Group, Burbank, CA; Wave Systems Corp., Lee, MA; Yamaha Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan; and 4C Entity (an LLC owned by Toshiba, Intel, Matsushita, and IBM), Washington, DC.

The nature and objectives of the venture are to develop a Specification for the secure distribution and use of music in digital form that meets the needs of technology companies, the worldwide recording community and their customers. The Specification will be an open and interoperable standard.

Membership in this group research project remains open, and SDMI intends to file additional written notification disclosing all changes in membership. Constance K. Robinson, Director of Operations, Antitrust Division.

[FR Doc. 99-31260Filed12-1-99; 8:45 am]