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Open Source DRM System on Horizon: 08/05

Sun Plan for Open Source DRM

Sun Microsystems stepped into the fractious arena of digital copyright protection this week with plans for an open-source, royalty-free digital rights management (DRM) standard. The Open Media Commons initiative aims to address concerns that a growing number of incompatible download schemes might frustrate consumers and hold back growth in the download market. To get the ball rolling, Sun is releasing its code from its Project DReaM (DRM/everywhere available) program under the open-source Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). It is inviting other firms to join the initiative which involves the development of a device independent DRM standard - called DRM Opera - and user-based (as opposed to device-based) licensing.

Weblink: www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/22/sun_open_source_drm

The Register, 22 August 2005