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YANGAROO And MTV Networks Music Group Enter Agreement April 21, 2010

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YANGAROO Inc., the industry’s leading secure digital media distribution company, has signed a multi-year agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN), a division of Viacom International Inc.

Under the Agreement, MTV Networks Music Group will begin utilizing YANGAROO’s Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) to have artist and music-related audiovisual content delivered to certain MTVN properties and to integrate DMDS into the company’s internal workflow. MTV Networks Music Group includes music video channels MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, and Country Music Television (CMT) and CMT Pure.

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MediaNet Tops 100 New Customers For Digital Delivery Of Premium Content April 21, 2010

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MediaNet, the industry leading business-to-business provider of premium digital media content, announced that more than 100 new customers have signed on to provide digital music content from the advanced MN Open platform. MediaNet debuted a new set of products including the MN Open API and a suite of Web Components for the delivery of premium digital music content six months ago.

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Viacom’s Legal Attack On YouTube Threatens Online Speech And Innovation April 21, 2010

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other nonprofit groups asked a federal judge Monday to reject expansive copyright claims made in lawsuits pending against YouTube. The amicus brief argues that the plaintiffs in those lawsuits are pushing for legal rulings that would undermine federal law and throttle free speech and innovation on the Internet.

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UK Digital Economy Bill A Strike Against Internet Freedom April 12, 2010

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Despite protests from thousands of Internet users, the British House of Commons has passed its Digital Economy Bill. Once the bill passes the House of Lords, it allows the government to block websites over copyright issues, requires ISPs to pass along peer to peer file sharing notices to Internet users from copyright holders and opens the door to disconnection from the Internet as a punishment for copyright infringers.

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Guvera Limited Signs Licensing Agreement With ASCAP April 6, 2010

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Guvera USA, Inc, a search website for “free but paid for” music and digital content provided by brands, announced a licensing agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization. Through its agreement with ASCAP, Guvera is able to legally stream works of every kind of music created by ASCAP’s more than 380,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

Guvera currently has content agreements with Universal Music Group, EMI Music, INgrooves and IODA, offering consumers “free but paid for” legal downloads and on-demand streams from their full music libraries. Advertisers will host branded channels on Guvera.com, paying a fee when their targeted consumers download or stream content, and companies such as ASCAP will receive a percentage of that fee to distribute back to their members.

“Guvera is a very strong and unique business model. We believe Guvera’s content delivery platform is exactly what many consumers have been seeking and a compelling opportunity for our members to receive compensation for use of their creative works online,” said Matthew DeFilippis, Vice President, New Media for ASCAP. “We are very pleased to officially announce the Guvera licensing agreement as the service launches worldwide.”

Dan Thompson, Head of Content for Guvera USA, Inc, commented, “ASCAP represents an incredibly large number of composers, songwriters and publishers and we are thrilled to have the support of ASCAP and its community in a bid to fight illegal downloads and revolutionize the music market.”

MetroPCS Chooses RealNetworks To Launch MetroMusic Store Entertainment Platform March 24, 2010

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RealNetworks, Inc., the digital entertainment services company, has been selected by MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States, to power MetroPCS’ new MetroMusic Store currently scheduled to launch in the second half of this year.

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