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Intellectual multimedia property rights model and terminology for universal reference


IMPRIMATUR has been established to study how to meet the challenge of multimedia rights clearance in networks. The IMPRIMATUR consortium represents the interests of content providers, users, IT and telecoms companies. It brings together European and American participants in a major programme of information-gathering, systems-proving and consensus-building.

The project has two main, related goals. The first goal is to agree a swift and practical response based on a mutual understanding of the problems arising at the interface between lT, telecommunications and IPR concerns. This is to be done within a forum which represents a wide range of organisations in the information industry. The second goal is to identify and develop a set of tools to address those problems in the business, technological, standards and legal areas.

Clearing rights in the multimedia environment is an issue which creates difficulties for both content providers and users. Content providers wish to preserve their traditional rights structure and business models while users wish to have a system of rights clearance that is both simple and cost-effective for the production of new multimedia products. Also involved in the debate are the IT and Telecoms providers whose products and services are both enabling the multimedia revolution and profiting from it.

The IMPRIMATUR project will design a methodology for a series of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the business, legal, technical and standards areas that will solicit opinion from a very wide range of players in the information society. The outcomes of the SIG meetings will in turn be passed to a series of major international conferences aimed at building consensus in the four SIG areas. From these activities will emerge a series of reports and recommendations.

In addition to the consensus-building work of the project, an IPR-managed server based on the Tuscany MAN in Italy will be implemented in order to conduct a series of trials and experiments with ECMS (Electronic Copyright Management Systems). The server will also be used by the project partners for their internal communications and for a Worldwide Web site on which will be posted information about the progress of the project, along with announcements of SIG meetings and conferences.

IMPRIMATUR will be working in cooperation with COPEARMS (EP 20460).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts


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Participants (8)

Confederation Internationale des Societes D'auteurs et Compositeurs (Cisac)
Rue Keppler 11
75116 Paris
Digital Copyright Forum
United States
C/o Kelly Frey, Rosewood Drive 222
MA01293 Danvers
European Association of Information Services
Val St Andre 37
1014 Luxembourg
Ifpi Secretariat
United Kingdom
Regent Street 54
W1R5PJ London
Ilc Telepathic Limited
United Kingdom
Station Road 37
NW44PN London
Interactive Multimedia Association
United States
Maryland Avenue, Suite 202 48
21401-8011 Annapolis
Teles Ag Informationstechnologien
Doverstrasse 2-4
10587 Berlin
Telia Ab
Farnebogaten 81-87
123 86 Farsta