The music societies that chase performance royalties have hired Compaq to run their joint IT department in a £10m deal.
The four-year contract will see Compaq help the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society and the Performing Right Society cope with the rise of digital music and the more difficult process of collecting royalties on MP3 music. Compaq will control the IT department of the societies' joint Music Copyright Operational Services company, which employs 900 people. IT staff at the company will transfer to Compaq Services. John Rathbone, director of information systems for the societies, said, "Emerging technologies such as digital rights management will drive future growth in the music industry , and the right IT infrastructure is key to taking advantage of these new technologies."