Sony Creative Software purchased by MAGIX Software

I was Surprised to find this morning an email stating:

Sony Creative Software Inc. (“SCS”) is pleased to announce that MAGIX Software GmbH (“MAGIX”) has purchased substantially all of the software products and other assets of SCS (“SCS Assets”).

As an avid Sony Vegas enthusiast and owner of various Sony Cameras including the new a6300 I found this news rather surprising:

According to Sony’s press release, the following software titles were sold to MAGIX Software GmbH as of May 20, 2016:

  • Vegas Pro software including Vegas Pro, Vegas Pro Edit, Vegas Pro Suite, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, and Vegas Pro Connect
  • DVD Architect Pro and DVD Architect Studio
  • Movie Studio software including Movie Studio, Movie Studio Platinum, and Movie Studio Suite
  • Sound Forge software including Sound Forge Pro, Sound Forge Pro Mac, Sound Forge Mac, and Sound Forge Audio Studio
  • SpectraLayers Pro
  • Audio Master Suite and Audio Master Suite Mac
  • ACID software including ACID Pro, ACID Music Studio, and ACID Xpress
  • Sound Series Production Music and Sound Series Loops & Samples
  • ACIDplanet Web Site and Music Assets
  • CD Architect
  • Noise Reduction Audio Plug-in

The creative software suite of products works perfectly with Sony’s hardware including their top line Mirrorless Camera range – are they about sell off their audio visual hardware assets?  Who knows.  Sony will still distribute their Catalyst Creative suite as an alternative but from all accounts, it appears to be a component and scaled down version of their previous software.  Its also subscription based – a concept which isn’t for everyone.

The contents of their email are as follows:


Sony Creative Software Inc. (“SCS”) is pleased to announce that MAGIX Software GmbH (“MAGIX”) has purchased substantially all of the software products and other assets of SCS (“SCS Assets”). As part of this sale, and in accordance with our Privacy Policy, MAGIX will acquire our customer database, which includes your personally identifiable information previously collected through our website or otherwise (“Customer Database”). This information was included in the sale to assist MAGIX in providing you with products and services, including those that are no longer offered by SCS.

MAGIX has agreed that it will treat the personal information in the Customer Database in compliance with the law and in accordance with the terms of the existing SCS Privacy Policy.

If you object to SCS providing your personal information to MAGIX as described in this notice, you may opt out of the data transfer here. To be effective, any such opt-out request must be received by June 23, 2016. NOTE: If you opt-out, your personal information will not be transferred to MAGIX as part of the sale, and MAGIX will be unable to provide certain customer service functions, such as looking up your past orders or serial numbers should you misplace them.

If you have any questions regarding MAGIX’s practices with respect to the treatment of personal information, please contact MAGIX at: privacy@magix.net.

Please note that SCS will continue to own and distribute its Suite of Catalyst-branded products and services, and we will continue to communicate with you regarding those and other Sony products and services. The personal information and other information about you that we retain will continue to be governed by, and treated consistent with, the terms of our Privacy Policy. If you prefer that SCS no longer contact you with marketing communications, you may opt out here. If you wish that we delete your information from our active databases, you can request removal here. In addition, you can opt-out from marketing emails sent from SCS or another Sony entity at any time by following the link contained within such marketing emails. Note that even if you request that we delete your personal information from our active databases, some information may remain on backup storage and we may need to retain a copy for legal retention purposes.

We appreciate the opportunity to have served you and hope to have the opportunity to do so in the future. For further information, including a detailed product list, please visit the Sony Creative Software website.

Sincerely,
Sony Creative Software Inc.

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