Employee Stock Purchase Plan - ScreamingMedia Inc.


                               SCREAMINGMEDIA INC.
                          EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

         1. Purpose. The ScreamingMedia Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the
'Plan') is being established for the benefit of employees of ScreamingMedia
Inc., a Delaware corporation (the 'Company'), and its Designated Subsidiaries.
The Plan is intended to provide the employees of each Employer with an
opportunity to purchase common shares, par value $.01 per share, of the Company
(the 'Shares'). It is the intention of the Company that the Plan qualify as an
'employee stock purchase plan' within the meaning of Section 423 of the Code,
and the provisions of the Plan shall be construed in a manner consistent with
the requirements of such Section of the Code.

         2. Definitions.

                  (a) 'Board' shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

                  (b) 'Change in Capitalization' shall mean any increase,
reduction, or change or exchange of Shares for a different number or kind of
shares or other securities of the Company by reason of a reclassification,
recapitalization, merger, consolidation, reorganization, share dividend, share
split or reverse share split, combination or exchange of shares, repurchase of
Shares, change in corporate structure or otherwise.

                  (c) 'Change in Control' shall be deemed to have occurred if
the event set forth in any one of the following paragraphs shall have occurred:
(i) any Person is or becomes the 'Beneficial Owner' (as defined in Rule 13d-3
under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company
(not including in the securities Beneficially Owned by such Person any
securities acquired directly from the Company) representing 25% or more of the
voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities, excluding any Person
who becomes such a Beneficial Owner in connection with a transaction described
in clause (1) of paragraph (iii) below; (ii) the following individuals cease for
any reason to constitute a majority of the number of directors then serving:
individuals who, on the Effective Date, constitute the Board and any new
director (other than a director whose initial assumption of office is in
connection with an actual or threatened election contest, including but not
limited to a consent solicitation, relating to the election of directors of the
Company) whose appointment or election by the Board or nomination for election
by the Company's stockholders was approved or recommended by a vote of at least
two-

thirds (2/3) of the directors then still in office who either were directors on
the Effective Date or whose appointment, election or nomination for election was
previously so approved or recommended; (iii) there is consummated a merger or
consolidation of the Company with any other corporation other than (1) a merger
or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company
outstanding immediately prior to such merger or consolidation continuing to
represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting
securities of the surviving entity or any parent thereof) at least 50% of the
combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company or such surviving
entity or any parent thereof outstanding immediately after such merger or
consolidation, or (2) a merger or consolidation effected to implement a
recapitalization of the Company (or similar transaction) in which no Person is
or becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the
Company (not including in the securities Beneficially Owned by such Person any
securities acquired directly from the Company) representing 25% or more of the
combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities; or (iv) the
stockholders of the Company approve a plan of complete liquidation or
dissolution of the Company or there is consummated an agreement for the sale or
disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company's assets,
other than a sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of
the Company's assets to an entity at least 50% of the combined voting power of
the voting securities of which are owned by Persons in substantially the same
proportions as their ownership of the Company immediately prior to such sale.

                  (d) 'Code' shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as
amended from time to time.

                  (e) 'Committee' shall mean the Compensation Committee or any
other committee of members of the Board appointed by the Board to administer the
Plan and to perform the functions set forth herein.

                  (f) 'Company' shall mean ScreamingMedia Inc., a Delaware
corporation, and its successors.

                  (g) 'Compensation' shall mean the fixed salary, wages, com
missions, overtime pay and bonuses paid by an Employer to an Employee as
reported by the Employer to the United States government for Federal income tax
purposes, including an Employee's portion of compensation deferral contributions
pursuant to Section 401(k) of the Code, any amount excludable pursuant to
Section 125 of the Code and/or any non-qualified compensation deferral, but
excluding any

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foreign service allowance, commissions, severance pay, expense
reimbursement or any credit or benefit under any employee plan maintained by the
Employer.

                  (h) 'Continuous Status as an Employee' shall mean the absence
of any interruption or termination of service as an Employee. Continuous Status
as an Employee shall not be considered interrupted in the case of a leave of
absence agreed to in writing by the Employee's Employer, if such leave is for a
continuous period of not more than one year or re-employment upon the expiration
of such leave is guaranteed by contract or statute.

                  (i) 'Designated Subsidiaries' shall mean the subsidiaries of
the Company which have been designated by the Board from time to time in its
sole discretion as eligible to participate in the Plan, which may include
corporations which become subsidiaries of the Company after the adoption of the
Plan.

                  (j) 'Effective Date' shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 23.

                  (k) 'Employee' shall mean any person, including an officer,
who as of an Offering Date has been regularly employed by the Company, a wholly
owned Subsidiary of the Company or a Designated Subsidiary of the Company for at
least six months and works more than 20 hours per week; provided, however, that
any individual who is employed on a full-time basis as of the first Offering
Date under the Plan shall be entitled to participate in the first Offering
Period under the Plan.

                  (l) 'Employer' shall mean, as to any particular Employee, the
corporation which employs such Employee, whether it is the Company, a wholly
owned Subsidiary of the Company or a Designated Subsidiary of the Company.

                  (m) 'Exchange Act' shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended.

                  (n) 'Exercise Date' shall mean the last business day of each
Purchase Period, except as the Committee may otherwise provide.

                  (o) 'Fair Market Value' per Share as of a particular date
shall mean (i) the closing sales price per Share on such date, as reported by
the Composite Transactions reporting system or if not so reported, as reported
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Stock Exchange or (ii) in the event the Shares are not traded on such date, the
closing price per Share, as so reported in the immediately preceding date on
which trading occurred, or if not so reported, as reported by any national
securities exchange on which the Shares are listed; provided, however, that for
purposes of the first offering Period, the 'Fair Market Value' of a Share on the
first Offering Date shall be the initial price to the public as set forth in the
final prospectus included within the registration statement on form S-1 filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the initial public offering of
Shares.

                  (p) 'Offering Date' shall mean the first Trading Day of each
Offering Period of the Plan, except with respect to the Offering Date coinciding
with the Company's initial public offering, in which case 'Offering Date' shall
mean the date the Company's registration statement filed in connection with the
initial public offering is declared effective by the Securities and Exchange
Commission. The Offering Date of an Offering Period is the grant date for the
options offered in such Offering Period.

                  (q) 'Offering Period' shall mean a period as described in
Section 4 hereof.

                  (r) 'Parent' shall mean any corporation (other than the
Company) in an unbroken chain of corporations ending with the Company if, at the
time of granting an option, each of the corporations other than the Company owns
shares possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes
of shares in one of the other corporations in such chain.

                  (s) 'Participant' shall mean an Employee who participates in
the Plan.

                  (t) 'Person' shall have the meaning given in Section 3(a)(9)
of the Exchange Act, as modified and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof,
except that such term shall not include (i) the Company or any of its
subsidiaries, (ii) a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an
employee benefit plan of the Company or any of its affiliates, (iii) an
underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such
securities, or (iv) a corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the
stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their
ownership of stock of the Company.



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                  (u) 'Plan' shall mean the ScreamingMedia Inc. Employee Stock
Purchase Plan, as amended from time to time.

                  (v) 'Plan Year' shall mean the calendar year, except that the
first Plan Year shall begin the date the Company's registration statement filed
in connection with the initial public offering is declared effective by the
Securities and Exchange Commission and shall end on the December 31 of the year
following the Plan Year in which the initial public offering of the Shares
occurs.

                  (w) 'Purchase Period' shall mean each approximately six-month
period, within an Offering Period, commencing on the Trading Day next following
the last previous Exercise Date in such Offering Period and ending with the next
Exercise Date in such Offering Period, except that the first Purchase Period of
any Offering Period shall commence on the first Trading Day of such Offering
Period and end with the next Exercise Date.

                  (x) 'Shares' shall mean shares of the common stock, par value
$.01 per share, of the Company.

                  (y) 'Subsidiary' shall mean any corporation (other than the
Company) in an unbroken chain of corporations beginning with the Company if, at
the time of granting an option, each of the corporations other than the last
corporation in the unbroken chain owns shares possessing 50% or more of the
total combined voting power of all classes of shares in one of the other
corporations in such chain.

                  (z) 'Trading Day' shall mean a day on which national stock
exchanges and the NASDAQ system are open for trading.

                  (aa) 'Year of Service' shall mean each successive period of
twelve consecutive months (from an Employee's original employment date) during
which the Employee's hours of employment are 1,000 hours or more.

         3.       Eligibility.

                  (a) Subject to the requirements of Section 3(b) hereof, any
person who is an Employee as of an Offering Date shall be eligible to
participate in the Plan and be granted an option for the Offering Period
commencing on such Offering Date.


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                  (b) Notwithstanding any provisions of the Plan to the
contrary, no Employee shall be granted an option under the Plan (i) if,
immediately after the grant, such Employee (or any other person whose shares
would be attributed to such Employee pursuant to Section 424(d) of the Code)
would own shares and/or hold outstanding options to purchase shares possessing
five percent or more of the total combined voting power or value of all classes
of shares of the Company or of any Subsidiary or Parent of the Company, or (ii)
which permits such Employee's right to purchase shares under all employee stock
purchase plans (as described in Section 423 of the Code) of the Company and any
Subsidiary or Parent of the Company to accrue at a rate which exceeds $25,000 of
Fair Market Value of such shares (determined at the time such option is granted)
for any calendar year in which such option would be outstanding at any time. Any
amounts received from an Employee which cannot be used to purchase Shares as a
result of this limitation will be returned as soon as possible to the Employee
without interest.

         4.       Offering Periods. The Plan shall be implemented by a series of
consecutive, overlapping Offering Periods. The first such Offering Period shall
commence on the first Trading Day on or after the date on which the Securities
and Exchange commission declares the Company's registration statement on form
S-1 to be effective and ending on the last Trading Day on or before December 31,
2001. Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, each subsequent Offering
Period shall have a duration of two years, commencing on the first Trading Day
on or after January 1 and June 1 of each year. The Plan shall continue until
terminated in accordance with Section 19 hereof. Subject to Section 19 hereof,
the Committee shall have the power to change the duration and/or the frequency
of Offering Periods and/or Purchase Periods with respect to future offerings and
shall use its best efforts to notify Employees of any such change at least 15
days prior to the scheduled beginning of the first Offering Period to be
affected. In no event shall any option granted hereunder be exercisable more
than 27 months from its date of grant.

         To the extent permitted by any applicable laws, regulations, or stock
exchange rules, if the Fair Market Value of the Shares on any Exercise Date in
an Offering Period is lower than the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the
Offering Date of such Offering Period, then all Participants in such Offering
Period shall be automatically withdrawn from such Offering Period immediately
after the exercise of their option on such Exercise Date and automatically
re-enrolled in the immediately following Offering Period as of the first day
thereof.


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         5.          Grant of Option; Participation; Price.

                  (a) On each Offering Date the Company shall commence an
offering by granting each eligible Employee an option to purchase Shares,
subject to the limitations set forth in Sections 3(b) and 11 hereof. Each option
so granted shall be exercisable for the number of Shares described in Section 8
hereof and shall be exercisable only on the Exercise Date.


                  (b) Each eligible Employee may elect to become a Participant
in the Plan with respect to an Offering Period, by filing a subscription
agreement with his or her Employer authorizing payroll deductions in accordance
with Section 6 hereof and filing it with the Company or the Employer in
accordance with the form's instructions at least ten business days prior to the
applicable Offering Date, unless a later time for filing the subscription
agreement is set by the Committee for all Employees with respect to a given
offering. Such authorization will remain in effect for subsequent Offering
Periods, until modified or terminated by the Participant by giving written
notice to his or her Employer prior to the next occurring Exercise Date.
Additionally, a Participant may participate to a greater extent by authorizing
reinvest ment of dividends on the Shares held in his or her account (by giving
written notice to the Company) or by making cash payments to be credited to his
or her account under the Plan in accordance with Section 6 hereof.

                  (c) The option price per Share subject to an offering shall be
85% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on (i) the Offering Date or (ii) the
Exercise Date, whichever is lower.

         6.       Payroll Deductions and Cash Payments.

                  (a) Subject to Section 5(b) hereof, a Participant may, in
accordance with rules and procedures adopted by the Committee, authorize a
payroll deduction of any whole percentage from 1 percent to 15 percent of such
Participant's Compensation each pay period (the permissible range within such
percentages to be determined by the Committee from time to time). A Participant
may increase or decrease such payroll deduction (including a cessation of
payroll deductions) at any time but not more frequently than once each Offering
Period, by filing a new authorization form with his or her Employer. All
payroll deductions made by a Participant shall be credited to such Participant's
account under the Plan.


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                  (b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent necessary to
comply with Section 423(b)(8) of the Code and Section 3(b) hereof, a
Participant's payroll deductions may be decreased to 0% at any time during a
Purchase Period. Payroll deductions shall recommence at the rate provided in
such Participant's subscription agreement at the beginning of the first Purchase
Period which is scheduled to end in the following calendar year, unless
terminated by the Participant as provided in Section 9 hereof.

                  (c) A Participant may withdraw from the Plan as provided in
Section 9, which will terminate his or her payroll deductions for the Purchase
Period in which such withdrawal occurs. A Participant may increase or decrease
the rate of his or her payroll deductions during an Offering Period by
completing and filing with the Employer a new subscription agreement authorizing
a change in payroll deduction rate. The Committee may, in its discretion, limit
the number of rate changes by a Participant during an Offering Period. A change
in rate shall be effective as of the next payroll period following the date of
filing of the new subscription agreement.

         7.       Exercise of Option.

                  (a) Unless a Participant withdraws from the Plan as provided
in Section 9 hereof, or unless the Committee otherwise provides, such
Participant's election to purchase Shares shall be exercised automatically on
the Exercise Date, and the maximum number of Shares (including any fractional
Share) subject to such option will be purchased for such Participant at the
applicable option price with (i) the accumulated payroll deductions, (ii) cash
dividends paid on Shares which have been credited to the Participant's account
under the Plan pursuant to Section 10 hereof, and (iii) any additional cash
payments made by the Participant and credited to the Participant's account
under the Plan in accordance with Section 6 hereof.

                  (b) Any cash balance remaining in a Participant's account
after the termination of an Offering Period will be carried forward to the
Participant's account for the purchase of Shares during the next Offering Period
if the Participant has elected to continue to participate in the Plan. Otherwise
the Participant will receive a cash payment equal to the cash balance of his or
her account.

                  (c) The Shares purchased upon exercise of an option hereunder
shall be credited to the Participant's account under the Plan as of the Exercise
Date and shall be deemed to be transferred to the Participant on such date
(except that no Shares purchased during the first Offering Period hereunder
shall be credited to the

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Participant's account until payment of the aggregate option price has been
completed within the Offering Period). Except as otherwise provided herein, the
Participant shall have all rights of a shareholder with respect to such Shares
upon their being credited to the Participant's account.

         8.       Delivery of Shares.

                  (a) As promptly as practicable after receipt by the Company of
a written request for withdrawal of Shares from any Participant, the Company
shall arrange the delivery to such Participant of a share certificate
representing the Shares in the Participant's account which the Participant
requests to withdraw (any fractional Share being paid in cash). Subject to
Section 8(b) hereof, withdrawals may be made no more frequently than once each
Offering Period. Shares received upon share dividends or share splits shall be
treated as having been purchased on the Exercise Date of the Shares to which
they relate.

                  (b) Notwithstanding anything in Section 8(a) hereof to the
contrary, Shares may be withdrawn by a Participant more than once during an
Offering Period under the following circumstances: (i) within 60 days following
a Change in Control of the Company or (ii) upon the approval of the Committee,
in its sole discretion.

         9.       Withdrawal; Termination of Employment.

                  (a) A Participant may withdraw at any time all, but not less
than all, cash amounts in his or her account under the Plan that have not been
used to purchase Shares (including, without limitation, the payroll deductions,
cash dividends and cash payments credited to such Participant's account) by
giving written notice to the Company prior to the next occurring Exercise Date.
All such payroll deductions, cash dividends and cash payments credited to such
Participant's account shall be paid to such Participant promptly after receipt
of such Participant's notice of withdrawal and such Participant's option for the
Offering Period in which the withdrawal occurs shall be automatically
terminated. No further payroll deductions for the purchase of Shares will be
made for such Participant during such Offering Period, and any additional cash
dividends during the Offering Period shall be distributed to the Participant.

                  (b) Upon termination of a Participant's Continuous Status as
an Employee during the Offering Period for any reason, including voluntary
termination, retirement or death, the payroll deductions, cash dividends and
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credited to such Participant's account that have not been used to purchase
Shares (and, as to the first Offering Period, any such amounts credited to the
account for partial payment for Shares as to which payment has not been
completed) shall be returned (and any future cash dividends shall be
distributed) to such Participant or, in the case of such Participant's death, to
the person or persons entitled thereto under Section 13 hereof, and such
Participant's option will be automatically terminated.

                  (c) A Participant's withdrawal from an offering will not have
any effect upon such Participant's eligibility to participate in a succeeding
offering or in any similar plan which may hereafter be adopted by the Company.

         10.      Dividends and Interest.

                  (a) Cash dividends paid on Shares held in a Participant's
account shall be credited to such Participant's account and used in addition to
payroll deductions (and cash contributions, if any) to purchase Shares on the
Exercise Date. Dividends paid in Shares or share splits of the Shares shall be
credited to the accounts of Participants. Dividends paid in property other than
cash or Shares shall be distributed to Participants as soon as practicable.

                  (b) No interest shall accrue on or be payable with respect to
the payroll deductions or credited cash dividends of a Participant in the Plan.

         11.      Shares.

                  (a) Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 17 hereof,
the maximum number of Shares which shall be reserved for sale under the Plan
shall be 450,000 Shares, plus an annual increase to be added on the first day of
the Company's fiscal year beginning in 2001 equal to the lesser of (i) 200,000
Shares, (ii) 0.5% of the Shares outstanding on such date or (iii) a lesser
amount determined by the Commit tee. Such Shares shall be either authorized and
unissued Shares or Shares which have been reacquired by the Company. If the
total number of Shares which would other wise be subject to options granted
pursuant to Section 5(a) hereof on an Offering Date exceeds the number of Shares
then available under the Plan (after deduction of all Shares for which options
have been exercised or are then outstanding), the Committee shall make a pro
rata allocation of the Shares remaining available for option grant in as uniform
a manner as shall be practicable and as it shall determine to be equitable. In
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notice to each Participant of such reduction of the number of option Shares
affected thereby and shall similarly reduce the rate of payroll deductions, if
necessary.

                  (b) Shares to be delivered to a Participant under the Plan
will be registered in the name of the Participant or, at the election of the
Participant, in the name of the Participant and another person as joint tenants
with rights of survivorship.

         12.      Administration. The Plan shall be administered by the
Committee, and the Committee may select administrator(s) to whom its duties and
responsibilities hereunder may be delegated. The Committee shall have full power
and authority, subject to the provisions of the Plan, to promulgate such rules
and regulations as it deems necessary for the proper administration of the Plan,
to interpret the provisions and supervise the administration of the Plan, and to
take all action in connection therewith or in relation thereto as it deems
necessary or advisable. Any decision reduced to writing and signed by a majority
of the members of the Committee shall be fully effective as if it had been made
at a meeting duly held. Except as otherwise provided by the Committee, each
Employer shall be charged with all expenses incurred in the administration of
the Plan with respect to such Employer's Employees. No member of the Committee
shall be personally liable for any action, determination, or interpretation made
in good faith with respect to the Plan, and all members of the Committee shall
be fully indemnified by the Company with respect to any such action,
determination or interpretation. All decisions, determinations and
interpretations of the Committee shall be final and binding on all persons,
including the Company, the Participant (or any person claiming any rights under
the Plan from or through any Participant) and any shareholder.

         13.      Designation of Beneficiary.

                  (a) A Participant may file with the Company, on forms supplied
by the Company, a written designation of a beneficiary who is to receive any
Shares and cash remaining in such Participant's account under the Plan in the
event of the Participant's death.

                  (b) Such designation of beneficiary may be changed by the
Participant at any time by written notice to the Company, on forms supplied by
the Company. In the event of the death of a Participant and in the absence of a
beneficiary validly designated under the Plan who is living at the time of such
Participant's death, the Company shall deliver such Shares and/or cash to the
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trator of the estate of the Participant or, if no such executor or administrator
has been appointed (to the knowledge of the Company), the Company, in its
discretion, may deliver such Shares and/or cash to the spouse or to any one or
more dependents or relatives of the Participant in accordance with the
applicable laws of descent and distribution, or if no spouse, dependent or
relative is known to the Company, then to such other person as the Company may
designate.

         14.      Transferability. Neither payroll deductions, dividends,
dividend reinvestments or cash payments credited to a Participant's account nor
any rights with regard to the exercise of an option or to receive Shares under
the Plan may be assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise disposed of in any
way by the Participant (other than by will, the laws of descent and distribution
or as provided in Section 13 hereof). Any such attempt at assignment, transfer,
pledge or other disposition shall be without effect, except that the Company may
treat such act as an election to withdraw funds in accordance with Section 9
hereof.

         15.      Use of Funds. All payroll deductions, dividends, reinvested
dividends and additional cash payments received or held by the Company under the
Plan may be used by the Company for any corporate purpose, and the Company shall
not be obligated to segregate such funds.

         16.      Reports. Individual accounts will be maintained for each
Participant in the Plan. Statements of account will be given to Participants as
soon as practicable following each Offering Period, which statements will set
forth the amounts of payroll deductions, dividends, dividend reinvestments and
additional cash payments, the per Share purchase price, the number of Shares
purchased, the aggregate Shares in the Participant's account and the remaining
cash balance, if any.

         17.      Effect of Certain Changes. In the event of a Change in
Capitalization or the distribution of an extraordinary dividend, the Committee
shall conclusively determine the appropriate equitable adjustments, if any, to
be made under the Plan, including without limitation adjustments to the number
of Shares which have been authorized for issuance under the Plan but have not
yet been placed under option, as well as the price per Share covered by each
option under the Plan which has not yet been exercised. In the event of a Change
in Control of the Company, the Offering Period shall terminate unless otherwise
provided by the Committee.

         18.      Term of Plan. Subject to the Board's right to discontinue the
Plan (and thereby end its Term) pursuant to Section 19 hereof, the Term of the
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(and its last Offering Period) shall end on the tenth anniversary of the
commencement of the first Offering Period. Upon any discontinuance of the Plan,
unless the Committee shall determine otherwise, any assets remaining in the
Participants' accounts under the Plan shall be delivered to the respective
Participant (or the Participant's legal representative) as soon as practicable.

         19.      Amendment to and Discontinuance of Plan. The Board may at any
time amend, suspend or discontinue the Plan. Except as provided in Section 17
hereof, no such suspension or discontinuance may adversely affect options
previously granted and no amendment may make any change in any option
theretofore granted which adversely affects the rights of any Participant which
accrued prior to the date of effectiveness of such amendment without the consent
of such Participant. No amendment shall be effective unless it receives the
requisite approval of the shareholders of the Company if such shareholder
approval of such amendment is required to comply with Rule 16b-3 under the
Exchange Act or Section 423 of the Code or to comply with any other applicable
law, regulation or stock exchange rule.

         20.      Notices. All notices or other communications by a Participant
to the Company under or in connection with the Plan shall be deemed to have been
duly given when received in the form specified by the Company at the location,
or by the person, designated by the Company for the receipt thereof.

         21.      Regulations and Other Approvals; Governing Law.

                  (a) This Plan and the rights of all persons claiming hereunder
shall be construed and determined in accordance with the laws of Delaware
without giving effect to the choice of law principles thereof, except to the
extent that such law is preempted by federal law.

                  (b) The obligation of the Company to sell or deliver Shares
with respect to options granted under the Plan shall be subject to all
applicable laws, rules and regulations, including all applicable federal and
state securities laws, and the obtaining of all such approvals by governmental
agencies as may be deemed necessary or appropriate by the Committee.

                  (c) To the extent applicable hereto, the Plan is intended to
comply with Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, and the Committee shall interpret
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provisions inconsistent with such Rule shall be inoperative and shall not affect
the validity of the Plan.

         22.      Withholding of Taxes. If the Participant makes a disposition,
within the meaning of Section 424(c) of the Code and regulations promulgated
thereunder, of any Share or Shares issued to such Participant pursuant to such
Participant's exercise of an option, and such disposition occurs within the
two-year period commencing on the day after the Offering Date or within the
one-year period commencing on the day after the Exercise Date, such Participant
shall, within ten days of such disposition, notify the Company thereof and
thereafter immediately deliver to the Company any amount of Federal, state or
local income taxes and other amounts which the Company informs the Participant
the Company is required to withhold.

         23.      Effective Date. The Plan shall be effective as of the date of
the completion of the initial public offering of the Shares, subject to the
approval of the Plan by the shareholders of the Company within twelve months
before or after the date the Plan is adopted.


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