This excerpt taken from the VSCN DEF 14A filed Dec 14, 2007.
Record Date and Stockholders Entitled to Vote
Stockholders Entitled to Vote. Only holders of Visual Sciences common stock at the close of business on December 11, 2007, the record date for the Visual Sciences special meeting, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Visual Sciences special meeting. On the record date, 21,024,561 shares of Visual Sciences common stock were issued and outstanding and there were approximately 266 holders of record. Visual Sciences stockholders on the record date are each entitled to one vote per share of Visual Sciences common stock on the proposal to adopt the merger agreement.
Registered Stockholders. If your shares are registered directly in your name with Visual Sciences transfer agent, you are considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record, and these proxy materials are being sent to you by Visual Sciences. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to grant your voting proxy directly to the individuals listed on the proxy card or to vote in person at the special meeting.
Street Name Stockholders. If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name. These proxy materials are being forwarded to you by your broker or nominee, who is considered, with respect to those shares, the record holder. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker or nominee how to vote, and you are also invited to attend the special meeting. However, since you are not the record holder, you may not vote these shares in person at the special meeting unless you follow your brokers procedures for obtaining a legal proxy. Your broker or nominee has enclosed a voting instruction card for you to use.