COPYRIGHTING OF VISUAL ARTS ON INTERNET NOW ALSO POSSIBLE: INFO2CLEAR CONCLUDES COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH COLLECTING SOCIETY SOFAM Tuesday 13 February 2001 PDF Print Info2clear, the leading player in information registration on the Internet, has concluded an agreement with SOFAM (Société Multimédia des Auteurs des Arts Visuels - Multimediamaatschappij van de Auteurs van de Visuele Kunsten), the Belgian collecting society for rights in the visual arts. After the successful launch of get-a-copy.com Info2clear is now making a further breakthrough with get-a-seal.com. Via a secure payment system on-line visual works are also now available to users. Each author determines usage and reproduction terms for himself. With get-a-copy.com, aimed at the publishing world, Info2clear has a unique tool for protecting on-line publications against illegal reproduction. Partnerships with, among others, Roularta Media Group, Uitgeversbedrijf Tijd, The Copenhagen Post and World Online show that content providers are paying more and more attention to the on-line protection of information. The agreement with SOFAM represents an important step forward in the on-line management of visual copyright. SOFAM is the first collecting society in the field of the visual arts in Europe to offer its members this service on the Internet. SOFAM protects the interests of visual artists SOFAM represents the interests of a very wide range of artists: architects, sculptors, cartoonists, designers, photographers, graphic designers, multimedia artists, painters and others. Via a network of foreign subsidiaries SOFAM defends the rights of some 25,000 international artists. "We have years of experience on which to rely, but multimedia nonetheless forms a separate discipline", says Eddy Cochez, Managing Director and Business Manager of SOFAM. "It demands a new and technologically more sophisticated approach. Thanks to our cooperation with Info2clear we are now able to defend our members' interests digitally as well. "Every author can file his or her work and have it registered via get-a-seal.com 24 hours a day, with a fixed date of deposit", explains Cochez. "And via the Info2clear icon the author can himself determine what use and reproduction terms he is going to attach to the registered work. Complementary to the get-a-seal.com service a potential user can use get-a-copy.com to obtain permission to make a reproduction. Payment will be made via a secure payment system." Info2clear's Get-a-seal.com "After the successful launch to publishers of get-a-copy.com, Info2clear is now taking a step in the direction of a new target group which, up to now, has not enjoyed protection on-line", says Anthony Belpaire, Info2clear's Managing Partner. "Thanks to get-a-seal.com visual works can now also be digitally registered. Info2clear wants to grow into Europe's market leader in the copyright clearance of all possible forms of content: intellectual property must be protected and, in the case of reproduction, rewarded." Get-a-seal.com registers content. Via a Non-Repudiation Center Info2clear issues the content provider (the artist) with a certificate which immediately guarantees the authenticity of the filed work. An unforgeable seal protects the intellectual property against misuse. You can find an electronic version of this press release in the Press Center at http://www.prforce.com For more information you can also contact Anthony Belpaire / Frank Petit (Info2clear, ++32 (0) 2 529 59 02) or Sven Verresen (PR Force, ++32 (0) 2 713 07 15). To contact Sofam for more information: Aurélie Schalenbourg, tel.: ++32 (0) 2 726 98 00, fax: ++32 (0) 2.705 34 22, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Info2clear, founded in February 2000, is working on the development of an international clearance infrastructure. In April last year the company concluded partnerships with Roularta Media Group, Uitgeversbedrijf Tijd and Bird&Bird, and in June with The Copenhagen Post and World Online. With get-a-seal.com Info2clear offers a service for enabling (intellectual) information to be registered, and thus acts as a digital notary. The intellectual property submitted is protected via an unforgeable seal. With get-a-copy.com Info2clear has a professional instrument for managing the rights to digital publications. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Bluegrass Marketing Communications in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.