January 20, 2005

New DRM Group Formed

Five Firms Seek DRM Interoperability

A quintet of technology companies on Wednesday formed a rights-management wrapper that is designed to facilitate interaction between DRM schemes.

Intertrust Technologies, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Corporation announced the formation of the Marlin Joint Development Association that will provide standard specifications for content management and protection for the consumer electronics industry. The Marlin JDA specifications will allow CE companies to build DRM clients for consumer devices that support popular content distribution modes in the Internet, broadcast, and mobile vertical market segments, the group said. ADVERTISEMENT

The idea is to provide interoperability between DRM standards, rather than the "walled garden" approach that isolates specific groups of content files, like Apple's iTunes, from being easily accessed by other devices.

The standard will work with the previous "Coral" initiative, which seeks to provide a developer framework for enabling DRM interoperability.

The Marlin JDA will also offer a Licensing and Compliance Program and a Community Source Program to permit adopters to obtain sample code modules andlicenses for the specifications on a reasonable and non-discriminatory basis, the group said. The Marlin JDA plans to release version 1.0 along with the associated Community Source and Licensing and Compliance program in summer 2005.

Posted by Craig at January 20, 2005 03:15 PM