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MIDI Manufacturers Association to Meet in January

To review intellectual property issues threatening growth of MIDI standards (January 18, 2005)

The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced the agenda for its annual membership meeting to be held in Anaheim, CA on January 23, 2005. The top agenda item for this non-profit organization will be shaping MMA policy regarding issues that could threaten future MIDI standards and the viability of MIDI for developers and consumers.

?Patent applications covering basic and straightforward usage of MIDI, and proprietary extensions to MIDI marketed using the term ?MIDI, threaten to degrade the interoperability of MIDI products, and create consumer confusion, said Tom White, MMA President/CEO. ?As the guardians of MIDI, the MMA Board seeks industry consensus on how best to assure consumer and manufacturer confidence in MIDI and the continued growth of open standards.

Mr. White will present a report summarizing the perceived threats, citing specific examples. In addition, an MMA member company recently involved in a patent and trademark dispute will discuss the issues raised in that suit and how it might affect current and future implementers of MMA standards.

Other important agenda items include a report on recent enhancements to the MIDI Specification, and a review of current standardization projects. Presentations will cover a new IETF standard for MIDI over Internet/Ethernet, the Studio Connections initiative from Yamaha/Steinberg, and a progress report on the Generalized Music Plugin Interface project.

Any person or company commercially involved in the development of software or hardware using MIDI is encouraged to attend the presentations and to participate in the policy discussion.

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About MIDI and the MMA
MIDI is a technology used for more than 20 years in thousands of products (from musical instruments to cell phones) to generate music from stored data or from real-time musical performance instructions. The specifications for MIDI content formats, connection interfaces, and performance messages include General MIDI (GM), MIDI Show Control (MSC), Scalable Polyphony MIDI (SP-MIDI) and Downloadable Sounds (DLS). The specifications are developed by developers of commercial MIDI products via consensus. The process assures developers that their MIDI products are interoperable with other MIDI products, and gives consumers greater choice.

Members of the MMA include leading musical instrument manufacturers, software developers, themed event and show developers, semiconductor manufacturers, wireless handset developers, and more. MMA standards are developed in cooperation with the Association of the Musical Electronics Industry (AMEI) in Japan.

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