Metadata for Audio 25th International AES Conference 17th to 19th June 2004 London UK
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Metadata Requirements for Enabling the On-line Music Industry’s New Business Models and Pricing Structures

Nicolas Sincaglia
MusicNow Inc., Chicago, IL, USA

The music industry has begun selling and distributing its media assets on-line. On-line music distribution is vastly different from the normal means of media distribution. These untested methods of music sales and distribution require experimentation in order to determine which business models and pricing tiers will most resonate with the consumer. This translates into the need for versatile and robust data models to enable these market trials. Copyright owners and media companies require well-designed data structures to enable them to transmit and receive these complicated sets of business rules. This metadata is an essential part of an overall digital rights management system to control and limit access to the associated media assets.

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