IBM to digitize EMI's music

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IBM has made a deal with EMI Music Publishing, London, which will allow EMI's library music to be distributed online through IBM's Digital Library technology. IBM is working through MARS, a U.K. company, to develop the new service. With the system, ad agencies and other commercial producers can select the music, electronically file a rights clearance form and obtain the appropriate approval within minutes. IBM said MARS is also negotiating with music and other rights owners, including sound effect and photo libraries, to make their material available online.

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