Describing them as securities on the cutting edge of the asset-backed securities market, Moody's Investors Service released a special report detailing its ratings approach to intellectual property securitizations.

As the rating agency sees it, intellectual property securitizations represent a "vast potential market for securitization covering the gamut from music royalties, which have already been packaged, to movie libraries, book publishing, trademarks, patents and sports contracts (see related story, page 16).

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