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software.net to Employ Preview's TimeLOCK

software.net, an Internet-based software superstore, signed an exclusive global agreement to use Preview Software's TimeLOCK to provide "try-before-you-buy" functionality for the thousands of PC software applications offered for download at its electronic software stores.

The agreement between software.net and Preview Software extends to all of the software.net sites, including: software.net, the Netscape Software Depot by software.net and www.sfgate.com. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Said Kendall Fargo, director of sales and marketing at software.net: "Preview Software's TimeLOCK benefits both software publishers and users. With TimeLOCK, software publishers are able to give their customers a hands-on evaluation of product features without the threat of piracy. Electronic distribution allows users to evaluate or purchase software solutions any time they want."

"Leveraging Preview's latest technologies, software.net now can provide their customers the ability to download, try and then purchase software titles securely from many of the most visible Web sites on the Internet," said Karl Hirsch, founder and executive vice president of Preview Software.

TimeLOCK is a KPMG/Microsoft-approved, secure electronic software distribution technology that gives software publishers and distributors the ability to safeguard products sold online from misuse and piracy.

Using RSA's BSAFE encryption technology in TimeLOCK, vendors can encode a product's selling price and the length of time an evaluation will be valid. TimeLOCK also uses the BSAFE software to issue digitally signed license certificates upon purchase, as a further measure to reduce software piracy.

Headquartered in Cupertino, CA, Preview Software provides solutions for software publishers and online resellers to enable electronic software distribution through the Internet and via CD-ROM.