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Subject: BuildOrBuy News
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 09:54:46 -0500
From: Al Massey

Microsoft buys Liquid Audio patents

09/30/2002 09:54
Last Update: 9:56 AM ET Sep 30, 2002
REDMOND, Wash. (CBS.MW) -- A pioneer in developing technology to allow downloading of music files while protecting copyright owners from piracy has sold its domestic and foreign patent rights to Microsoft (MSFT). 

Liquid Audio (LQID) will receive $7 million for the digital rights management tools. "Selling the rights," said Gerry Kearby, president of Redwood City, Calif.-based Liquid Audio, "is consistent with our move away from product development and toward an exclusive focus on the digital distribution of media to the retail community."

The deal comes as Liquid Audio prepares to complete its merger with Alliance Entertainment, a privately held company based in Coral Springs, Fla., that specializes in business-to-business infrastructure services geared at home entertainment.

Al Massey, Computer Technology Journalist


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