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License Agreement - Summit Software Systems Inc. and SeaChange International Inc.

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                               LICENSE AGREEMENT

     This License Agreement (the "Agreement"), dated as of this 30th day of May,
1996, is between SUMMIT SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, INC. ("Licensor"), with an address of
1966 13th Street, Suite 200, Boulder, Colorado 80302, and SEA CHANGE
INTERNATIONAL, INC. ("Licensee"), with an address of 124 Acton Street, Maynard,
Massachusetts 01754.

     Licensor is the owner of computer software and desires to license the
software to Licensee for the purpose of resale and possibly modifying and
enhancing the software for further resale.

     In consideration of the foregoing, the covenants herein and other good and
valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby
acknowledged, Licensor and Licensee agree as follows:

1.   Definition of Terms.

     1.1  Licensed Software.  The term "Licensed Software" means any copy of the
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source code or object code version of the proprietary computer software
identified on Schedule A of this Agreement, and all Bug Fixes to such software
implemented by Licensor within six months of the date of this Agreement.

     1.2  Bug Fixes.  The term "Bug Fixes" shall refer to all modifications to
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correct errors in the Licensed Software, if any, identified by Licensee in
writing or by Licensor within six months of the date of this Agreement and shall
mean and include any modifications and enhancements developed by Licensor and
released to Licensor's customers within such six-month period.

     1.3  Derivative Work.  The term "Derivative Work" means a work created by
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Licensee and based on or incorporating the Licensed Software and/or the
Documentation, including, but not limited to, translations, abridgments,
condensations, improvements, updates, enhancements, or any other form in which
the Licensed Software and/or the Documentation may be recast, transformed,
adapted, or revised, in each case to the extent that the work would constitute
an infringement of Licensor's rights if created without the license granted

     1.4  Documentation.  The term "Documentation" means the manuals for the
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Licensed Software prepared by Licensor and identified on Schedule A of this

     1.5  Customer.  The term "Customer" means any end user to whom Licensee
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sublicenses an object copy of the Licensed Software or Derivative Work.

     1.6  Sublicense Agreement.  The term "Sublicense Agreement" means a
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contract between Licensee and a Customer whereby the Customer is granted the
right to use all or a part of any object code version of the Licensed Software
or Derivative Works and which contains the terms specified in Schedule B.

     1.7  Third-Party Software.  The Licensed Software as delivered to Licensee
requires the use of software which Licensor did not develop and owns no rights
in.  This software, listed in Schedule A, is available to Licensee from other
commercial sources and is not included in any of the licensing terms, warranties
or other representations or conditions of this Agreement.  Licensee and
Customers must make separate agreements to license such software.

2.   License Grant.

     2.1  Right to Modify.  Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Licensor
hereby grants to Licensee a nonexclusive, nontransferable license to use and
copy the Licensed Software and Documentation and to modify the Licensed Software
and Documentation to create Derivative Works.  These rights may be exercised
solely by Licensee and its contractors and consultants and only at Licensee's
place of business or at the premises of Customers if appropriate safeguards have
been taken by Licensee to ensure that only Licensee's employees, contractors and
consultants have any access to source code of the Licensed Software and
Derivative Works and if such source code is only at a Customer's premises
briefly and only while Licensee's programming staff is physically on site.

     2.2  Right to Sublicense.  Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Licensor
grants Licensee a nonexclusive, nontransferable license to sublicense Customers
to use an executable version or object library version of the Licensed Software,
and that portion of the Documentation comprising the operator's and installer's
instructions, and an exclusive license to use and sublicense Customers to use an
executable version or object library version of Derivative Works, provided that:

          (a) the Licensed Software and Derivative Works are sublicensed in
executable version or object library version only; and

          (b) Licensee has its Customer execute a Sublicense Agreement.

Licensee shall have no right to sublicense the source code version of the
Licensed Software, the Derivative Works, or any technical documentation.

     2.3  Exclusivity.  Except as otherwise provided herein, the license granted
herein is a nonexclusive license; provided, however, Licensor agrees that it
shall not license the Licensed Software, or any modified or enhanced version or
derivative work thereof, to or for sublicense or resale by, any person or entity
that is at the time of such license a vendor of digital commercial insertion

3.   Term.

     Provided Licensee complies with the terms of this Agreement, the license
granted herein shall be perpetual.


4.   Fees and Payments.

     4.1  Source Code License Fee.  In return for the right to use, copy, and
modify the source code for the Licensed Software and the right to create
Derivative Works from such source code, Licensee agrees to pay Licensor the
Source Code License Fee in the amount and as specified in Schedule A.

     4.2  Sublicense Fee.  Within thirty days after the end of each calendar
quarter, beginning within two years from the date of this Agreement, Licensee
will deliver to Licensor a report indicating the number of copies of the
Licensed Software and Derivative Works which have been installed during the
prior quarter and the number of copies (whether installed in the prior quarter
or earlier) for which payment was received by Licensee during the prior quarter.
With respect to each copy for which Licensee has received at least 50 percent of
the initial license fees (excluding ongoing royalties and maintenance of support
charges), at the time such report is delivered Licensee will remit payment of
the appropriate Sublicense Fee as set forth in Schedule A.  The obligation to
pay Sublicense Fees shall be limited to installations made within two years of
the date of this Agreement, but shall exist without regard to when payments from
customers are received.

     4.3  Taxes.  Licensee will pay all taxes of any type that are imposed on
this Agreement or on the use, modification, or sublicensing of the Licensed
Software, Documentation, and Derivative Works by Licensee, other than taxes
based on Licensor's net income.

     4.4  Late Charges.  Any payment or part of a payment that is not paid when
due shall bear interest at the rate of 1.5 percent per month, or at the highest
contract rate allowed by law, whichever is less, from its due date until paid.

     4.5  Records and Audit.  Licensee shall maintain accurate records relating
to the copying, modification, distribution, and sublicensing of the Licensed
Software and Derivative Works so as to establish the payments due to Licensor
hereunder, to identify the location of all copies of the Licensed Software and
Derivative Works, to identify all Sublicenses, and to otherwise verify
Licensee's compliance with the terms of this Agreement. Such books and records
shall be available upon reasonable notice at their place of keeping for
inspection during business hours by an independent auditor chosen and paid by
Licensor subject to the reasonable approval of Licensee for the purposes of
determining whether the correct Sublicense Fees have been paid to Licensor and
whether Licensee has otherwise complied with the terms of this Agreement. The
auditor will be required to execute a confidentiality agreement with Licensee
prior to commencing the inspection.

5.   Delivery.

     Licensor shall deliver a copy of the source code for the Licensed Software
and a copy of the Documentation to Licensee pursuant to the schedule in
Schedule A. Except for Bug Fixes, Licensor shall have no responsibility for
delivering to Licensee any subsequent versions of the Licensed Software that it
may develop in the future. Licensee is responsible for delivering the


object code version of the Licensed Software and the Derivative Works, as well
as the permitted portion of the Documentation, to its Customers.

6.   Training.

     6.1  For Licensee.  Licensor shall provide (a) five business days of
training to Licensee at Licensor's offices at a mutually agreeable time to
assist and train Licensee's employees regarding the programming and design of
the Licensed Software and (b) five business days of training to Licensee at
Licensor's offices at a mutually agreeable time to assist and train Licensee's
employees in the installation, use, and maintenance of the Licensed Software.  A
syllabus for each training session will be prepared by Licensor at least 14 days
prior to the training session (unless a shorter period is approved by Licensee),
subject to the approval of Licensee in advance of the session, which approval
shall not unreasonably be withheld or delayed.

     6.2  For Customers.  It is understood and agreed that any training
necessary for Licensee's Customers shall be provided by Licensee.  Licensor will
assist in training, if requested by Licensee, on a mutually agreeable schedule
and according to Licensor's then-current consulting rates, terms, and

7.   Support.

     7.1  Technical Support.  Subject to the availability of its personnel,
Licensor will provide reasonable technical assistance to Licensee, upon request,
at Licensor's then-current rates, terms and conditions.  Current rates are $600
per day plus expenses.

     7.2  Quotes for New Projects.  Subject to the availability of its
personnel, Licensor will, upon request by Licensee, submit a bid or quote for
work relating to the modification or enhancement of the Licensed Software which
Licensee desires to accomplish.  Current rates for additional work on system
design are $120 per hour.

8.   Ownership and Notices.

     8.1  Licensor.  Licensee acknowledges that the Licensed Software and
Documentation as delivered hereunder are the sole and exclusive property of
Licensor and that Licensee has not rights in the foregoing except those
expressly granted by this Agreement.  Licensee shall not remove, alter, cover,
or obfuscate any copyright notice or other proprietary rights notice placed in
or on machine language or human readable form.  Licensee shall ensure that such
notices continue to appear or exist in all copies of the Licensed Software (or
portions thereof) made by Licensee.

     8.2  Licensee.  Licensor acknowledges that Derivative Works are the sole
and exclusive property of Licensee, subject to Licensor's ownership of the
Licensed Software and the license granted hereunder. Licensee shall ensure that
an appropriate copyright or other proprietary rights notice with respect to
Licensor's rights in any Derivative Work will appear in all copies of such
Derivative Work.


9.   Confidentiality.

     Licensee acknowledges that the Licensed Software and certain portions of
the Documentation contain, and the Derivative Works may contain, valuable trade
secrets which are the sole and exclusive property of Licensor.  Licensee agrees
that it will not disclose this information to anyone other than its own
employees, contractors and consultants who require access, that it will maintain
and protect the confidentiality of this information, and that it will take all
necessary and proper precautions to prevent any unauthorized use or disclosure
of this information.  Licensee agrees that if this Agreement is breached the
remedy at law may be inadequate, and therefore, without limiting any other
remedy available at law or in equity, an injunction, specific performance, or
other forms of equitable relief or money damages or any combination thereof
shall be available.  All rights, powers, and remedies provided for herein are
cumulative, and not exclusive, of any and all rights, powers, and remedies
existing at law or in equity, and Licensor shall, in addition to the rights,
powers, and remedies herein conferred, be entitled to avail itself of all such
other rights, powers, and remedies as may now or hereafter exist, including the
Uniform Trade Secrets Act and similar statues and rules of law pertaining to
trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information.

10.  Warranty and Disclaimer.

     Except for Licensor's obligation to provide Bug Fixes, Licensor makes no
warranties and the Licensed Software is licensed "AS IS."  LICENSOR SPECIFICALLY

11.  Limitation of Liability.



12.  Infringement Indemnity.

     12.1  Representation.  Licensor represents that it owns all copyrighted
material contained in and all trade secrets with respect to the Licensed
Software and Documentation, except for the Third-Party Software identified on
Schedule A, and that the Licensed Software and Documentation does not infringe
the copyrights or trade secrets of any third party, and that Licensor is not
aware of any claims that the Licensed Software or Documentation infringes any
copyrights or trade secrets of any third party.

     12.2  Indemnification.  In the event that any suit is brought against
Licensee based on a breach of the representation made in Section 12.1 or a claim
that the Licensed Software in the form delivered to Licensee under this
Agreement infringes any existing copyright or trade secret, Licensor agrees that
it will:

           (a) defend the suit at its expense, as long as Licensor is notified
promptly in writing and is given complete authority and information required to
defend the suit;

           (b) pay all damages and costs awarded against Licensee; provided that
Licensor's obligation to pay damages and costs shall not exceed the total sum
paid by Licensee to Licensor hereunder, and provided that Licensor will not be
responsible for any cost, expense, or compromise made by Licensee without
Licensor's written consent; and

           (c) allow Licensee to participate in the defense of the suit at its
own expense, if it so elects.

In no event shall Licensor shave any liability for any claim based on (i)
anything that Licensee provided which is incorporated into the unmodified
version of the Licensed Software originally delivered by Licensor to Licensee,
including, without limitation, Derivative Works prepared by Licensee, (ii)(a)
any portion of the Licensed Software that has been modified after the unmodified
version of the Licensed Software is originally delivered by Licensor, or (b) the
use or license of the Licensed Software or any portion thereof, in each case
where the original version of the Licensed Software delivered by Licensee would
not, by itself, be infringing; or (iii) any portion of the Licensed Software
used, licensed, or transported outside the United States, or for or in
connection with any claim, suit, or proceeding based upon the laws of a foreign

     12.3  Licensor's Options.  Should the Licensed Software or any part thereof
become, or, in Licensor's opinion, be likely to become, the subject of a claim
for infringement, Licensor may, at its own expense and option, either procure
for Licensee the right to continue using such Licensed Software or replace the
same with non-infringing software or modify the Licensed Software so that it
becomes non-infringing.  If neither of these options is reasonably practical,
Licensor may require that the Licensed Software and all Derivative Works be
returned and this Agreement terminated upon a refund to Licensee a ratable
portion of the source Code License Fee paid hereunder prorated over a two-year
period.  Licensor shall have no obligation with respect to any such claim based
upon Licensee modification of the Licensed Software or its


combination, operation or use with equipment, data, or software not furnished by
Licenser. Licensee shall have the option to procure continued use at its own

13.  Indemnification by Licensee.

     Licensee shall indemnify Licensor from all claims, losses, and damages,
including attorneys' fees, which may arise from Licensee's marking,
installation, or support of the Licensed Software and all Derivative Works,
including claims based on representations, warranties, or misrepresentations
made by Licensee, inadequate installation, support, or assistance by Licensee,
or any other act or failure to act on the part of licensee.  Licensee shall have
the right to participate in the defense of any such claim at its own expense.

14.  Licensee Development of Replacement Product.

     Licensor understands and acknowledges that Licensee intends and has already
commenced the development of its own product (the "Licensee Software") which
will have substantially the functionality of the Licensed Software, and that it
is intended that the Licensed Software, including modifications or enhancements,
be an interim product for sublicense by the Licensee until the Licensee software
is available.  The Licensor understands that the same employees, contractors
and/or consultants that are developing the Licensee Product may also work on
modifying or enhancing the Licensor Software or creating Derivative Works.
Except to the extent the Licensee Software is developed wholly independently of
the Licensed Software, it is expected that the Licensee Software will be a
Derivative Work.  In addition, it is possible that portions of the Licensed
Software (i.e., billing and accounting) may be utilized or included in the
Licensee Software.  If and to the extent that the Licensee Software is a
Derivative Work or contains a portion of the Licensed Software, for the
remainder of the 2-year period referred to in Section 4.2, the Licensee will pay
a Sublicense Fee with respect to the Licensee Software, such Sublicense Fee to
be prorated based on the relative proportion of the portion of the Licensed
Software contained in the Licensee Software to the Licensee Software as a whole.

15.  Termination.

     15.1  By Licensor.  Licensor may terminate this Agreement on the occurrence
of any of the following events:

          (a) The failure of Licensee to pay any sum due hereunder within
fifteen days of the date due if such amount is not paid within 15 days after
notice from Licensor;

          (b) Licensee's material violation of the confidentiality provisions of
this Agreement;

          (c) Any other material default by Licensee which has not been cured
within thirty days of written notice given to Licensee by Licensor;

          (d) If Licensee ceases to do business or comes insolvent;


           (e) If Licensee attempts to assign this Agreement without the prior
written approval of Licensor, which approval shall be not unreasonably withheld.

     15.2  By Licensee.  Licensee may terminate this Agreement at any time
(subject to the payment of all amounts accrued hereunder to the effective date
of termination) by giving 30 days' written notice to Licensor, or as otherwise
provided in this Agreement.

     15.3  Duties on Termination.  Upon expiration or termination of this
Agreement, Licensee agrees to cease using, modifying, and sublicensing the
Licensed Software, Derivative Works, and Documentation and to return to Licensor
all copies of the Licensed Software, and Documentation in its possession.  The
obligation of confidentiality set forth in this Agreement shall remain in effect
notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement.  Licensee shall retain all
sublicense agreements and records pertaining to sublicense payments due to
Licensor for a period of three years after termination.

     15.4  Customer Rights on Termination.  Termination of this Agreement shall
not affect the rights of any Customer to sue the Licensed Software.

16.  Assignment.

     This Agreement may not be assigned by Licensee or Licensor without the
prior written approval of the other party, which approval shall not be
unreasonably withheld.

17.  Entire Agreement.

     The parties agree that this Agreement constitutes the complete and
exclusive statement of the agreement between them which supersedes all
proposals, oral or written, and all other communications between them relating
to the license and use of the Licensed Software.

18.  Notices.

     All notices and other communications under this Agreement shall be in
writing and shall be deemed given upon the earlier of: actual delivery, five
days after being mailed by registered or certified mail, return receipt
requested with postage prepaid, or when sent by telecopy with receipt confirmed
by telephone, to the parties at the following addresses or to such other
addresses as a party may from time to time notify the other parties pursuant

     If to Licensor:    Summit Software Systems, Inc.
                        1966 13th Street, Suite 200
                        Boulder, Colorado 80302
                        Attention: Paul W. Adams, President
                        Telecopy No.: (303) 443-9934

     If to Customer:    Sea Change International, Inc.
                        124 Acton Street
                        Maynard, Massachusetts 01759


                        Attention:  Bill Styslinger
                        Telecopy No.: (508) 897-0132

19.  Amendments.

     This Agreement may only be amended, changed, or modified in a writing
signed by both parties.

20.  Governing Law and Jurisdiction.

     20.1  Dispute Resolution.  This Agreement will be governed by and construed
in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado without giving effect to
the conflict of laws provisions thereof.  The parties consent to the exclusive
jurisdiction and venue in any court of competent jurisdiction sitting in either
the state courts or the federal district court in Colorado or Massachusetts, and
to service of process under the statutes of Colorado and Massachusetts.

     20.2  Arbitration.  Any dispute, controversy or claim of any kind arising
out of or in connection with this Agreement or the performance hereof (including
questions as to whether the right to arbitrate exists) will be determined and
settled by binding arbitration, which shall be the sole remedy for resolution
thereof.  Unless the parties agree otherwise, the arbitration will occur under
the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its commercial
arbitration rules.  The arbitration shall be held in Boulder, Colorado (if
initiated by Licensee) or Boston, Massachusetts (if initiated by Licensor), and
shall be held before a single arbitrator.  If the parties cannot agree on a
single arbitrator within ten business days after the request of either party,
such arbitrator shall be appointed by the American Arbitration Association in
accordance with its rules, except as modified in this Section.  As part of the
arbitration, each party shall be entitled to engage in limited discovery (one
set of interrogatories containing no more than fifty questions without subparts
delivered at one time and no more than five business days of depositions each).
The arbitration hearing shall be conducted no more than 60 days following
submission of the matter to arbitration, with a decision to be rendered no more
than 30 days after the close of the hearing by written opinion.  Any award
rendered will be final and conclusive upon the parities and shall not be
appealable except on the limited grounds set forth in the U.S. Arbitration Act,
and a judgment thereon may be entered in a court having competent jurisdiction.
The arbitrators will have no power to vary or ignore the terms of this
Agreement, will be bound to follow controlling law, may award compensation for
attorneys' fees and costs to the prevailing party, but may not award any
punitive or exemplary damages.  The arbitrator in any dispute which is
determined by arbitration pursuant to this Section will be authorized to
apportion the costs of arbitration, excluding attorneys' fees, as part of the
award, taking into consideration which, if any, party is the prevailing party in
such arbitration.  Nothing in this Section 20 shall prevent a party from seeking
a temporary restraining order or other interim injunctive or provisional relief
that would otherwise be available pending completion of the arbitration
proceedings.  The arbitrator's decision shall address the continuance or
modification of any such interim relief.

21.  Waiver.


     The failure of either party to enforce any of the provisions hereof shall
not be construed to be a waiver of the right of such party thereafter to enforce
such provisions.

22.  Relationship of the Parties.

     Each party is acting as an independent contractor and not as agent,
partner, or joint venturer with the other party for any purpose.  Except as
provided in this Agreement, neither party shall have any right, power, or
authority to act or to create any obligation, express or implied, on behalf of
the other.

23.  Escrow.

     Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Licensor agrees that if
required by Licensee's Customers, Licensee may enter into an escrow agreement
with an escrow agent (the "Escrow Agent") reasonably satisfactory to Licensor
pursuant to which the source code for the Licensed Software and/or Derivative
Works and Documentation (collectively, the "Escrowed Materials") will be
delivered to Escrow Agent for the benefit of the Customers.  Licensor hereby
authorizes the release of the Escrowed Materials to the Customers upon the
occurrence of any one of the following events described below or any
substantially similar event:

     (i)  Licensee shall cease conducting business in the normal course; be
          adjudicated insolvent; make a general assignment for the benefit of
          creditors; petition, apply for, suffer or permit with or without its
          consent the appointment of a custodian, receiver, trustee in
          bankruptcy or similar officer for all or any substantial part of its
          business or assets; or avail itself or become subject to any
          proceeding under the Federal Bankruptcy Code or any similar state,
          federal or foreign statute relating to bankruptcy, insolvency,
          reorganization, receivership, arrangement, adjustment of debts,
          dissolution or liquidation, which proceeding is not dismissed within
          one hundred and twenty (120) days of commencement thereof; or

     (ii) default shall be made by Licensee in the observance or performance of
          any material term, covenant or agreement contained in a Sublicense
          Agreement with any Customer for a period of thirty (30) days from the
          date of receipt of written notice from the Customer advising of such
          default and Licensee has not cured such default within such thirty
          (30) day period.

     As a condition to receipt of the Escrowed Materials, a Customer must
execute an agreement in a form reasonably satisfactory to Licensor, agreeing to
use the Escrowed Materials for the sole limited purpose of correcting software
bugs, modifying the software, or taking other actions permitted under the terms
of its end-user license agreement, to maintain the confidential nature of the
Escrowed Materials, and not to disclose or to make any other use of the Escrowed


     This Agreement is executed on the dates set forth below, to be effective as
of the date first set forth above.

LICENSOR:                        CUSTOMER:


By:     /s/ Paul W. Adams        By:     /s/ Bill Styslinger
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Name:   Paul W. Adams            Name:   Bill Styslinger
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Title:  President                Title:  President
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Date:   5/31/96                  Date:   5/30/96
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