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The Australian Digital Music Association (ADMA) has initiated its launch of
programs for the development, protection of rights and promotion of
e-commerce in music over the Internet.

The organisation, formed by Microsoft and online music retailer
and digital download supplier ChaosMusic, will bring together recording
companies, online music retailers, and artists using the Internet to
produce, promote & sell their creations.

Music publishers, streaming audio & digital download companies, and digital
music and pro-audio hardware & software suppliers are also taking part in
the activities.

“Our rapidly growing sector of the new music industry needs an organisation
that can represent our interests,” said Victoria Doidge, ChaosMusic’s
principal.

ADMA will liaise with other trade associations or collective societies in
music & video to lobby government over rights issues and development
initiatives.

Doidge said the organisation will welcome the input of major and
independent record companies as well as all other music rights holders and
music creators.

“ADMA should be an open inclusionist organisation — striving to bring
together the diverse, emerging and innovative aspects of this new
industry in Australia,” she concluded.

The Association will hold a preliminary meeting in Sydney on August 7, with
more formal meetings expected in Melbourne and Sydney in September.
A Web site for ADMA will be established shortly.

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