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…part of massive industry wide data gathering initiative …

LONDON, UK - March 17th, 2003 - A massive record industry data gathering initiative is being supported by a new database management system based on FileMaker, the leading workgroup database and workgroup information solution. The programme is being spearheaded by AIM, the non-profit making trade body for UK independent record labels which was established in 1998 to represent the independent record sector across the UK in all genres. AIM's remit is to work collectively to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.

AIM has 700 members, all of whom are UK-based independent record labels or distributors. The UK independent sector represents a quarter of the UK market and is the lifeblood of the UK recording industry, contributing hundreds of millions of pounds to Britain¹s trade balance.

Three of the top 10 selling artist albums in 2001 were from UK independent-signed artists - Stereophonics, Travis and Eva Cassidy, and over half of the world's top 20 albums of 2001, as recommended by the British music press, were from UK independent-signed artists.

As part of its role, AIM is actively supporting CatCo, a new database of information about sound recordings, supported by the UK record industry and initiated by PPL. PPL is a music industry collection society representing over 3,000 record companies, from the large multinationals to the small independents. It collects licence fees from broadcast and public performance users on behalf of the record companies. This licence fee revenue, after deduction of running costs, is then
distributed to its record company members and to performers. It also grants licences for the use of sound recordings in the UK to all broadcasters - which includes the BBC (television and radio), independent television broadcasters and production companies, commercial radio, and
cable and satellite channels. In the public performance sector, it licenses the whole range of users which includes clubs, pubs, hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as individuals such as exercise instructors and dance teachers.

CatCo, which holds over 6 million tracks, is an electronic means for record companies to send their rights registration to PPL and data for mechanical licensing to MCPS. The Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Ltd currently represents around 15,000 composers, songwriters and music publishers whenever their copyright musical works are recorded. Acting as an agent on behalf of its members, MCPS negotiates agreements with those who wish to record and distribute product containing copyright musical works. MCPS collects and then distributes "mechanical" royalties generated from the copying of music onto many different formats (CD, video, computer games, ringtones etc). Distributions to members in 2001 were £227 million.

Designed to support the distribution and use of music and the control of music rights into the digital age, Catco thus aims to create a track level sound recording database - providing a 'one stop drop' for all sound recording data requirements. This 'one stop drop' means record companies
will only have to submit data once.

According to Remi Harris, Project Manager at AIM: "Aimlabeldata is our FileMaker based CatCo compliant database application. It completes MCPS, PPL licence and product registration forms and sends them electronically to CatCo. FileMaker is thus allowing independent record labels to submit this information in timely and cost effective manner, without having to invest in their own bespoke system."

Aimlabeldata was developed for AIM by Positronic Solutions, a leading consultancy specialising in creating and maintaining bespoke FileMaker solutions. Continues Harris: "We were very impressed with the development skills of Positronic, led by Rafi Galibov. He quickly grasped the complex data management issues we faced and has rapidly created a solution that met our needs fully. We probably would not have been able to roll out Aimlabeldata in such a demanding timeframe without his help."

Commenting on Aimlabeldata, Rafi Galibov of Positronic says: "It is PC and Mac compatible and will also provide labels with their own track level database - essential for doing on-line business. It can be tailored to work with their existing systems and databases. Aimlabeldata will save time and should increase the accuracy of PPL's data, which will help ensure that labels receive the PPL income that they are due. Aimlabeldata can also be used to generate label copy and a range of lists and reports which can be printed, emailed, sorted or exported."

According to FileMaker Regional Manager for Northern Europe Tony Speakman: "The future of the music business depends on accurate, up-to-date information about what music is available to the market. FileMaker is easy to use and because it requires little maintenance, is ideal for AIM member organisations who don¹t have the time or resources for major in-house IT departments. However, FileMaker is flexible enough to be able to integrate with other internal data sources, thereby giving AIM's members an extra edge in a hugely competitive market place".

FileMaker is a leader in workgroup databases and workgroup information solutions. Unlike complex database software, the FileMaker intuitive interface empowers knowledge workers to create and share rich solutions. The award-winning FileMaker line of database software provides relational power, instant and custom Web publishing and legendary ease-of-use. FileMaker, Inc. is the database software subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).

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Andrew Smith

Object Marketing

Tel: 020 8762 9292


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