SafeAuthenticate Allows Consumers to Access Enhanced Audio Elements and Privileged Web Services
LONDON — October 23, 2002 — Macrovision Corporation (Nasdaq: MVSN), the world’s leading developer and vendor of digital rights management (“DRM”) and copy protection technologies, announced today that its SafeAuthenticate™ Audio CD enhancement solution is now available worldwide in over 20 Macrovision-certified manufacturing facilities.
SafeAuthenticate enables copy protected Windows® Media files to be played on PCs. Consumers who own pre-recorded CDs mastered with SafeAuthenticate can conveniently enjoy their “pre-ripped” files either on the CD or by transferring them onto their computer hard drives and play them seamlessly using Microsoft’s Windows Media Player™. SafeAuthenticate adds persistent copy protection to traditional audio CDs without limiting the authorised usage of entertainment content on consumers’ PCs. In addition to the user-friendly, transparent local rights authentication feature (i.e., no Internet connection is necessary to authenticate the CD), the original SafeAuthenticate CD acts as a secure key that enables the consumer to gain access to exclusive offers and content on artists’ websites as well as bonus materials on the CD, such as videos, lyrics, and photographs.
“SafeAuthenticate enables artists and labels to deliver new and richer entertainment experiences to consumers while protecting the ability of music companies to manage their business,” said Brian McPhail, VP/GM of Macrovision’s Consumer Software Division. “SafeAuthenticate delivers a win-win-win solution for the key constituencies of the music industry — artists can have more confidence that they will be fairly compensated for their work, labels can offer more flexible and robust music listening experiences, and consumers have more ways to enjoy the content that they’ve purchased. As such, the product serves the creative rights of content creators and distributors while enabling new modes of use for authorised consumers.”
SafeAuthenticate uses Macrovision’s patented SafeDisc® technology, which enables controlled access and persistent copy protection for CD content. Macrovision first developed this technology to copy protect CD-ROM software with the SafeDisc solution, which has been used on approximately 80% of the top U.S. PC games during the past year and cumulatively on over 200 million CD-ROMs worldwide since 2000. To date, over 110 mastering and replication facilities worldwide are authorised and equipped to apply the SafeDisc technology. In SafeAuthenticate, Macrovision uses the technology to conveniently authenticate and copy protect pre-compressed audio and video content either locally on the CD or over the Internet. Macrovision expects to extend the technology in the future to other types of optical media such as DVD.
Macrovision (Nasdaq: MVSN) develops and markets copy protection, digital rights management (DRM) and electronic licence management technologies for the consumer software, enterprise software, home video and music markets. Macrovision is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with international headquarters in London and Tokyo.
Macrovision’s audio digital rights technologies include: SafeAudio™ — copy protection for traditional audio content; SafeAuthenticate — activation and rights authentication for multimedia content; and SafeDisc — Macrovision’s patented digital signature copy protection technology that has been used on over 200 million CD ROMs for WinTel and Mac personal computers.
© 2002 Macrovision Corporation. SafeAudio is a trademark of Macrovision Corporation, and is jointly developed and jointly owned by Macrovision Corporation and TTR Technologies, Inc. SafeDisc and SafeAuthenticate are registered trademarks or trademarks of Macrovision. All other names and products mentioned may be the properties of their respective companies.
Note to Editors: For additional information on Macrovision products, see www.macrovision.com — Search words: SafeAuthenticate, SafeAudio and SafeDisc.
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Macrovision’s expected extension of SafeDisc technology in the future. A number of factors could cause Macrovision's actual results to differ from anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such factors are addressed in Macrovision's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (available at
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