SideSpace releases open source DRM solution
SideSpace Solutions released Media-S, an open-source DRM solution. Media-S is format-independent, though the first release only supports the Ogg Vorbis open-source audio
codec. As recently as last year, one would have thought that "open source" and "digital rights management" were oxymoronic. The World Wide Web consortium, for example, has taken the view that DRM is antithetical to open software. It just goes to show that for all the talk about the commercial world embracing open-source software, the reality is that the commercial and open-source worlds are converging toward each other. Recall that "open source" used to be known as "free software" and have Marxist overtones.
Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM
The title of this column is strange. Aside from the fact that most savvy music listeners
hate DRM, the very idea of using open-source software to enforce digital rights management runs counter to everything commonly assumed about the technology: that it needs to be secret, obscure, proprietary.
But open-source DRM is exactly what Sun Microsystems has proposed, with its DReaM initiative. Its goal is to promulgate an open-source architecture for digital rights management that would cut across devices, regardless of the manufacturer, and assign rights to individuals rather than gadgets.
Sun pushes open-source DRM scheme
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's inviting other firms to join the initiative which involves the development of a device independent DRM standard - called DRM Opera - and user-based
Open Source DRM
Sun Microsystems is jumping into digital rights management (define) with the launch of an open source version not dependent on devices.
Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and COO, announced the launch of the Open Media Commons' DRM/everywhere (DReaM) project in order to kick off the Progress & Freedom Foundation's annual summit in Aspen, Colo.The intent of the project is to create a DRM standard that's royalty-free and interoperable with other DRM technologies, similar to Sun's work with the Liberty Alliance, an open community for the federated identity industry.
The DRM technology created will be licensed under a Creative Commons-based license, according to a statement by the Progress & Freedom Foundation.
Extended Open Source DRM Mutable Media has released version 2 of its OpenIPMP, a Digital Rights Management program based on open standards. The goal of the Open Source project is to provide an interoperable and easily portable solution for the management of rights to digital media on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and embedded systems.
Unlike proprietary DRM solutions, OpenIPMP v2 fulfills the guidelines of the Open Mobile Alliance's (OMA) DRM 2.0 published in April, the ISMA developed by the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) for encryption and DRM transmission in MPEG-4 streams and playbacks, and MPEG IPMP (Intellectual Property Management and Protection) for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.
The open DRM system that can be downloaded under the Mozilla Public License (MPL 1.1) not only includes SDKs for the integration of DRM in MPEG encoders/decoders, but also a J2EE server for license management; it also serves as a sample implementation of the complete MPEG4IP MPEG-4 suite.
Open source DRM software
project An open source DRM (digital rights management) software project that supports embedded Linux has achieved its second major release. OpenIPMP v2 adds support for additional open DRM standards, along with structural and development improvements aimed at making the software easier to port, build, and integrate.
The OpenIPMP project aims to provide open standards-based DRM software that can be easily ported to any platform, including embedded RTOSes, POSIX OSes such as Linux and BSD, 32-bit Windows OSes, and Mac OS X. Along with an SDK (software development kit) for adding DRM to media encoders and players, OpenIPMP includes a J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) server application for rights management and license issuing.
Open source DRM? A couple of weeks ago, Sun Microsystems released specifications and source code for DReaM, an open-source, "royalty-free digital rights management standard" designed to operate on any certified device, licensing rights to the user rather than to any particular piece of hardware. DReaM (Digital Rights Management
- everywhere availble) is the centerpiece of Sun's Open Media Commons initiative, announced late last summer as an alternative to Microsoft, Apple and other content protection systems.
Sun is talking about a sea change on the scale of the switch from the barter system to paper money. Like money, this standardized DRM system would have to be acknowledged universally, and its rules would have to be easily converted to other systems.
Open-Source DRM Specs
Sun Microsystems Inc. will publish open-source technical drafts for conditional access specifications (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) within the next 10 days, the company said Friday.
The open-source project is under Sun's Open Media Commons (OMS) initiative to license content to individuals rather than machines, such as cellular phones, MP3 players, PCs and set-top boxes.
The specifications need more work before they can ship, but there are many startups that would have shipped them a long time ago," said Tom Jacobs, director of research at Sun Labs, and project lead for Open Media Commons. "We think it will take between 12 and 18 months to complete, but in reality we will have specs in which independent companies can either modify existing products or build new ones before the end of the
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