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  • From: "Lauren B. Kallens" <>
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  • Subject: MPAA and RIAA Join Internet2
  • Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 09:48:28 -0400

MPAA and RIAA Join Internet2

Motion Picture and Recording Industry Associations to Collaborate with
Consortium to Study Advanced Content Distribution Technologies

ANN ARBOR, MI - September 9, 2005 - Internet2, the foremost U.S. advanced
networking consortium led by the research and higher education community,
today announced that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and
the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) joined Internet2 as
corporate members. Both leading industry associations plan to collaborate
with the Internet2 community to consider innovative content distribution and
digital rights management technologies, and to study emerging trends on
high-performance networks to enable future business models.

"Internet2 networking is an incredibly exciting tool for researchers,
technologists and many others interested in developing new technologies,
policies and business models for the next generation. Its value now and
potential in the future are extraordinary, and we are very pleased to join
this diverse community," said Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA. "We look
forward to collaborative work with a broad spectrum of Internet2's members
to develop new technologies that will enable us to produce and distribute
digital content over next generation networks in ways that protect and
enhance the value of creative works."

One of the prime values of the advanced network infrastructure the Internet2
community has deployed is that it represents the leading-edge of Internet
technology and therefore provides a window into the potential of the future
of the Internet. Internet2 provides MPAA and RIAA an innovative testbed for
examining future networking and secure distribution capabilities not
possible on today's commercial Internet. The associations are reviewing the
working groups and special interest groups within the Internet2 framework to
determine the best opportunities for collaboration.

Dan Glickman, president of MPAA said, "The movie industry is committed to
working with the technology sector to find innovative new ways to deliver
entertainment to consumers. The MPAA views this partnership with Internet2
as an important opportunity for collaboration as we seek to link new
delivery models with content protection. The MPAA and its member companies
have a wide-range of expertise in both areas, and I believe we can add a
positive, constructive perspective to the excellent work of Internet2."

Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2 added, "Internet2
provides the MPAA and the RIAA with unique access to the research and
education community, which shares their interest in developing secure
leading-edge content distribution technologies. Together with the RIAA and
MPAA, the Internet2 community is leading the way in helping to shape new
business models for the future of the music and movie industries as
consumers and businesses alike continue to rapidly adopt Internet
technologies to receive these products and services."

About Internet2
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government,
Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia,
industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information, visit:

About MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice
and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television
industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. These
members include: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios Inc.; Paramount Pictures; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.;
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal Studios from Universal
City Studios; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About RIAA
The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that
represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business
and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and
financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the
most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAAR members create,
manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound
recordings produced and sold in the United States. In support of this
mission, the RIAA works to protect intellectual property rights worldwide
and the First Amendment rights of artists; conduct consumer industry and
technical research; and monitor and review - - state and federal laws,
regulations and policies. The RIAAR also certifies GoldR, PlatinumR,
Multi-PlatinumT, and Diamond sales awards, as well as Los Premios De Oro y
PlatinoT, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

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Media contacts:

Lauren Kallens

Gayle Osterberg

Jonathan Lamy
Jenni Engebretsen
Amanda Hunter

  • MPAA and RIAA Join Internet2, Lauren B. Kallens, 09/09/2005

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