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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).

The OpenIPMP project (, 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.

"Objectlab's 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.

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About Objectlab
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

About OpenIPMP
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

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

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Media Contacts:
Gina Giachetti, Text 100 for ContentGuard, Inc, +1 415-593-8432, email
Nandita Geerdink, Text 100 for ContentGuard, Inc, +1 415-593-8457, email
Craig Miller, +1 908 509 5987, email
Chris Mollis, +1 908 227 1137, email

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