CDSA Board Appoints MESA to Manage Ongoing Association Activities

December 23, 2009 · Posted in Latest News 

New CDSA Executive Director, Martin Porter, to Assist in the Launch of New Standards to Protect Digital Assets Throughout the Supply Chain

PRINCETON, NJ, USA – 23 December 2009 – CDSA, the Content Delivery & Storage Association, has named MESA, the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, as its association management company of record. As its first responsibility, MESA will manage the continued rollout of CDSA’s newly updated and expanded international Content Protection Certification Program next year.

Martin Porter, MESA Executive Director, will also serve as Executive Director of CDSA as the successor to Charles Van Horn, CDSA President, who is retiring after 26 years with the organization.  Under this new structure, MESA will provide organizational management for CDSA, while CDSA will continue to maintain its independent activities under the direction of its own Board of Directors.

“I have known and worked with Marty Porter in various capacities over the past 20 plus years and I feel confident that he will provide the value proposition for CDSA members that is so vital to the future health of the Association,” Van Horn said.

“CDSA has been the respected advocate for the content delivery and storage industry for 38 years.  Most recently, our association has been recognized worldwide for our long track record of effectively administrating industry-developed content protection procedures,” says CDSA Chairman Frank Russomanno. “We welcome Martin Porter and MESA on board to manage our membership and to market our new IP auditing system, which is the end-product of a tremendous collaborative effort by our member companies and which has been created to address the changing needs of a changing industry.”

Linda Dyson will remain in the position of worldwide director of CDSA’s global standards and certification processes for the Content Protection and Security Standards, and the Copyright and Licensing Verification Standards and Procedures.

“The new CDSA Content Protection Certification Program is an incredibly relevant and flexible series of IP protection protocols that set the gold standard for the way that service providers will handle and process their customers’ assets in this exciting period of transition for content delivery and storage,” Porter explained. “Our plans include promoting those companies that play a leadership role by their adoption of these programs, by enhancing the program’s overall visibility throughout the international content and storage community.”

About CDSA’s Content Protection and Security Standards
For over a decade, CDSA has been recognized as the worldwide leader of Anti-Piracy and Compliance Programs. Most recently, the Content Protection and Security Standards (CPSS) were first written in 2008 by an international team of intellectual property, anti-piracy and security experts from both the physical and digital security arenas, thus giving coverage to the whole supply chain. By implementing these Standards, organizations effectively demonstrate effective process approaches for the handling, manufacturing, storage and delivery of valuable entertainment, software and information and assets in the home entertainment, video game and music recording industries.

About CDSA
CDSA, the Content Delivery & Storage Association (formerly IRMA, the International Recording Media Association), is the worldwide forum advocating the innovative and responsible delivery and storage of entertainment, software and information content. Founded in 1970, this global trade association’s membership includes companies involved in every facet along the digital and physical media supply chain. Beginning with the audiocassette, through the home video revolution, and into today’s digital delivery era, CDSA has always been the organization companies turn to to address the most important industry-wide issues of their time. More information is available online at: http://www.contentdeliveryandstorage.org/.

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