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 NEW YORK, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Striking a new chord in the battle against copyright infringement, New York based Vault Inc. has established a revolutionary system called MIDI VAULT. Developed exclusively by musicians, the service is a unique "on-line" link which enables artists to register and time stamp their electronic music files 24 hours a day -- 365 days a year -- simply by using their individual modem.
 The service, created by former musicians and partners Gary Zimberg, Eric Monroe and Joe Bolanos, was "...established to assist musical artists who want to protect their creative integrity quickly, safely and efficiently," according to Bolanos.
 Developed in the early eighties, Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI as it is commonly known, has become the industry standard for digital music recordings. As the Copyright Office in the Library of Congress doesn't acknowledge nor does it have the facilities to examine electronic files, MIDI included, the need for an electronic policing system has been greatly anticipated to preserve the artist's original work.
 To use the MIDI VAULT facility, the user needs only a modem and computer. New clients will find joining as simple as having a credit card and making a toll-free telephone call to 1-800-798-2858. A record establishing the proprietary creative work is immediately filed into the computer's main library, and MIDI VAULT registration certificates are sent out to clients, certified mail, within five days.
 The protection through MIDI VAULT does not replace the need to file all applications with the Register of Copyrights, a branch of the Library of Congress. A time stamp can be utilized during the "gray" period between the time a work is sent to the Library and the time an official copyright registration number is received. However, according to NYC Intellectual Property Attorney Sheldon Palmer, "Now for the first time, artists can immediately have proof of the existence of their creative work upon completion, and such proof may be admissible as evidence to establish or enforce any rights that the artist may have.
 Said Bolanos, "If either Madonna or the group Serious Intention had used our service, they may have avoided their current lawsuit -- at least they would have had a record of exactly what was written when and by whom.
 Bolanos was referring to the current $2.3 million dollar lawsuit filed against the pop diva by Easy Street Records and Serious Intentions which alleges that Madonna "used substantial and important portions" of their record "You Don't Know" on her hit single "Deeper and Deeper."
 Songwriter and musician Jeff Barry, author of such classics as "Chapel of Love" and "Leader of The Pack," added, "In today's competitive markets, creative artists need to protect their works as soon as possible upon completion -- now they have that opportunity."
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 /CONTACT: Phil Lobel, 310-271-1551, or Joe Bolanos, 212-315-3900, both of Vault Inc./

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