CyberSource Enters Partnership With Merisel

CyberSource, a provider of electronic commerce services for digital products, signed an agreement with Merisel, a hardware and software product distributor, that will open up an electronic software distribution (ESD) channel.

The channel will serve Merisel’s numerous software manufacturers and its more
than 45,000 resellers throughout the United States and Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed.

As part of the agreement, Merisel will take advantage of San Jose, CA-based
CyberSource’s digital commerce services that include reseller credit and
authorization validation, export and restricted parties screening, fraud
screening of end users, creating and storing of bags of bits (BOBs), and the
handling of all transactions required for an ESD sale.

Merisel will also use CyberSource’s global rights registry for the issuance of electronic keys and the maintenance of an intellectual rights database.

“This partnership reflects our shared goal of offering additional value and
ESD services to resellers and expanding the Internet commerce market,” said
Tracy Robbins, vice president of software at El Segundo, CA-based Merisel.
“The combination of CyberSource’s leadership in digital commerce coupled with
Merisel’s channel expertise allows our resellers to easily and confidently
purchase software electronically.”

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