CONTENTGUARD AND OBJECTLAB COLLABORATE TO PROVIDE
SUPPORT FOR MPEG-REL WITHIN OPEN IPMP
Bethesda, MD, June 3, 2003 - ContentGuard and Objectlab today announced the companies
have collaborated to enhance the open source project, OpenIPMP, with support for
the forthcoming industry standard rights expression language, MPEG-REL. By making
available source code for MPEG-REL interpretation and generation tools within
the OpenIPMP framework, both companies hope to promote and drive the adoption
of interoperable standards for Digital Rights Management (DRM).
OpenIPMP project ( http://www.openipmp.com/),
sponsored by Objectlab, provides a reference platform to demonstrate cutting-edge
standards-based DRM technology. The MPEG-REL, based on ContentGuard's XrML (eXtensible
rights Markup Language), is expected for release as an ISO/IEC Standard later
this year. Widespread adoption of MPEG-REL will allow seamless distribution of
digital works between the diverse range of parties involved in digital content
creation, distribution and consumption.
"We are very excited to be working
with ContentGuard on this initiative. ContentGuard's research and development
in the area of digital rights languages is an indispensable contribution to the
overall DRM community. The addition of MPEG-REL in OpenIPMP will demonstrate the
state of the art with respect to a standardized rights expression language in
a DRM system," said Joe Rinaldi, Objectlab's Vice President of Product Development.
decision to include MPEG-REL support in OpenIPMP validates its commitment to promoting
standards-based reference implementations for the software development community.
OpenIPMP will help validate interoperable DRM standards and drive down the cost
of experimentation required for the DRM market to mature," said Eddie Chen, Vice
President of Technology and Development at ContentGuard.
Founded in 1996, Objectlab, LLC is a software development and services company
specializing in delivering high impact technology solutions to the media and entertainment
industries. The company has developed many strategic development relationships
with Fortune 500 clients and has been involved in several high profile digital
media management and distribution projects. Objectlab is based in New York, NY
with offices in New Jersey, and is privately held and funded. For more information,
please visit www.objectlab.com.
Sponsored by Objectlab, the OpenIPMP project provides an evolutionary path for
the future of DRM, demonstrating the state-of-the art with respect to standards-based
DRM technology. OpenIPMP is committed to an open process, aiding in the evaluation
of experimental standards (MPEG, ISMA, and others), the design of new specifications,
and in producing openly available Rights Management reference software. For more
information, please visit www.openipmp.com.
About ContentGuard, Inc.
ContentGuard, Inc. is driving the standard for interoperability in Digital Rights.
The company's broad foundation portfolio of DRM system patents, and its Rights
Expression Language, XrML (eXtensible rights Markup Language) were originally
developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). ContentGuard is driving
the adoption of XrML as the industry standard for access and usage rights. XrML
has been selected as the basis for the Moving Picture Expert's Group (MPEG) and
the Open eBook Forum (OeBF) Rights Expression Language, and has been contributed
to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems (OASIS)
Rights Language Technical Committee. Launched in April 2000, ContentGuard conducts
its operations in Bethesda, MD, and El Segundo, CA. The company is owned by Xerox
Corporation (NYSE:XRX), with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) holding a minority
position. For more information, please visit www.contentguard.com.
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