Macrovision FLEXnet Publisher Powers Utility-Based Software Pricing For AVEVA

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 11, 2004— Macrovision(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: MVSN) announced today that AVEVA Engineering IT has selected and deployed its FLEXnet(TM) Publisher software licensing solution to enable utility-based pricing across its entire VANTAGE suite of products. AVEVA implemented the FLEXnet Publisher Utility Pricing Module in response to customer demand for more flexibility in pricing and licensing, more accurate usage monitoring and overall improved cost efficiencies. Macrovision, the world's leading provider of software licensing technologies, released FLEXnet(TM) Publisher in February.

AVEVA Engineering IT, a division of AVEVA Group plc based in Cambridge, England, is one of the world's largest providers of engineering software solutions and services, serving customers such as 3M, BASF, DuPont, Merck, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Shell. Companies involved in process, power, and marine engineering manage very complex and very costly projects under demanding schedules and therefore have a fluctuating demand for IT solutions. AVEVA's decision to integrate FLEXnet Publisher will allow them to better meet customer needs by offering more flexible software pricing and packaging options.

FLEXnet Publisher allows network-licensed software to be purchased on a usage basis, turning the promise of utility computing into a reality. The FLEXnet Publisher Utility Pricing Module, one of five core FLEXnet Publisher modules, supports a variety of usage-based billing models to enable software publishers to generate incremental revenue. Other FLEXnet Publisher modules offer complementary functionality including enhanced security, licensing, promotional licensing, operations and asset management capabilities.

"Our customers expressed a desire to pay for the software they used in a more accurate way and wanted greater flexibility in applying licenses across the entire product suite," said Gary Dransfield, commercial manager, AVEVA Engineering. "FLEXnet is helping us to remain competitive in the market, and we can now relate and adapt to our customer's needs more quickly and effectively. As we continue to evolve our product line, we see FLEXnet as a key component of keeping us agile and customer-focused."

Using the FLEXnet Publisher Utility Pricing Module, AVEVA is able to develop customized pricing plans to meet the precise business needs of its customers. The cost of its software can be directly tied to the level of usage, reducing the initial implementation cost and allowing the licensing cost to fluctuate with the changing needs of a dynamic business.

About AVEVA Group plc

AVEVA Group plc is one of the world's leading engineering IT solutions and services providers to the oil and gas, pulp and paper, power, chemical, pharmaceutical and shipbuilding industries. Formerly known as Cadcentre, the group has a history of groundbreaking innovation that spans five decades. It is one of the world's fastest growing solutions providers and the founder of most of today's empirical lifecycle engineering IT practices.

AVEVA Group plc operates globally through three divisions: AVEVA Consulting, AVEVA Managed Services and AVEVA Engineering IT. A fourth division, AVEVA Solutions, is responsible for product development. The group's technology has been integral to the engineering process of industrial plants with a value in excess of US$500 billion for more than 800 clients across the globe, including leading plant owner/operators and engineering contractors such as 3M, Aker Kvaerner, ALSTOM Power, AMEC, BASF, DSME, DuPont, Engineers India Limited, Electricite de France, Foster Wheeler, Framatome, Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, KBR, Merck, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Petronas Carigali, Samsung Heavy Industries, Shell, Technip and Uhde.

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, AVEVA Group plc and its operating subsidiaries currently employ 350 staff in 25 offices worldwide, maintaining the consistency of their operation across six continents.

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About Macrovision

Macrovision Corporation is the market leader in electronic licensing, copy protection, and digital rights management ("DRM") technologies. Macrovision FLEXnet, the world's first universal licensing platform, enables customers to easily price, package and protect their software. More than 3000 software publishers have shipped FLEXenabled(TM) software, and hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies use Macrovision technologies to better manage their software licenses. The company holds over 700 software licensing and DRM patents worldwide and has been ranked by Business 2.0 as one of the top 100 Tech Companies for two consecutive years. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Macrovision has international offices in London, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong and Seoul. More information about the Macrovision can be found at

This press release may contain "forward-looking" statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. A number of factors could cause Macrovision's actual results to differ from anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such factors are addressed in Macrovision's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (available at Macrovision assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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