|LONDON--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--April 25, 2000--Macrovision Corporation (Nasdaq: MVSN) and Loadplan Ltd. of London, England announced today that Loadplan has become the first U.K. reseller of Macrovision's SafeDisc(TM)CD-ROM copy protection system.
This agreement will enable Loadplan to provide SafeDisc protection to their information and software publisher clients, particularly in the Business-to-Business sector. Loadplan will supply a complete manufacturing service to their customers. This will cover CD production, packaging and fulfillment as well as copy protection.
This agreement is part of Macrovision's global reseller programme, which will expand the distribution channels for SafeDisc.
"This agreement significantly expands the range of services that we can offer our clients and enables us to increase their sales by addressing the piracy problem," commented Nick Williams, Managing Director of Loadplan. "Unauthorized CD-ROM copying is a serious issue for all publishers of software and information, not just to those in the high profile PC games industry. SafeDisc is clearly the leader in this market in the U.K., as it is elsewhere. We feel it is important to partner with the leading companies in the field."
"We are very pleased that Loadplan has chosen to be a SafeDisc reseller since they have a long established reputation in this market," said John Sharman, Account Manager at Macrovision U.K. "SafeDisc fits very well with the range of services that Loadplan provides, particularly to smaller publishers in the professional markets."
SafeDisc ensures that the product will only run if an original CD-ROM is in the local drive. SafeDisc is comprised of an authenticating digital signature embedded on the CD-ROM disc, an encryption wrapper, and an anti-hacking technology that secures the CD-ROM executable. The patented SafeDisc digital signature cannot be copied by standard CD-R drives. SafeDisc is a turnkey solution that allows Loadplan to add protection after the product has been developed.
All the major data verification and physical test equipment vendors modified their standard QA applications to support the testing of SafeDisc-protected discs for large volume productions with the same level quality and reliability available for standard disc production. SafeDisc has demonstrated over 99% compatibility with existing PC CD-ROM hardware and software worldwide. SafeDisc was determined by Philips Electronics to be the only copy protection technology that conforms to the Yellow Book CD-ROM standards.
Loadplan has been providing software duplication services in the U.K. market for over twenty years, primarily to the corporate and business software marketplace as well as major OEMs. Loadplan offers a complete software packing and fulfillment service, ranging from `just in time' CD-R replication, to large run CD-ROM pressing and distribution, both in the U.K. and internationally.
To complement this service, Loadplan also offers a range of CD-R replication hardware ranging from simple manual systems to fully integrated robotic systems with in-line thermal printing capabilities -- Loadplan is the U.K. distributor for Rimage, Mediaform and Hoei Sangyo CD-R production solutions.
Macrovision Corporation develops and markets content copy protection and rights management technologies and products to prevent the unauthorized duplication, reception or use of video and audio programs and computer software. Macrovision provides its products and services primarily to the consumer multimedia and business software publishers, home video, pay-per-view, cable, satellite and video security markets. Macrovision has its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., with subsidiaries in London and Tokyo.
All statements contained herein, as well as oral statements that may be made by the Company or by officers, directors or employees of Macrovision acting on its behalf, that are not statements of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of Macrovision to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties are outlined in Macrovision's recent Registration Statement on Form S-3 and in its reports on Form 10Q and form 10K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Macrovision is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.
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