CONTENTGUARD CONTRIBUTES XrML TO OASIS STANDARDS CONSORTIUM
ContentGuard, HP, Microsoft, Reuters and VeriSign among the first
to join the OASIS Rights Language Technical Committee
Bethesda, MD, April 03, 2002 - ContentGuard, Inc., the leading
provider of Digital Rights Language technology, today announced it
would contribute the eXtensible rights Markup Language (XrML) to
OASIS, the XML interoperability standards consortium, for long-term
development and governance of the rights language. This
contribution is in support of the OASIS Rights Language Technical
Committee, which was formed to advance a common XML digital rights
language standard for the DRM marketplace.
ContentGuard also confirmed today that it will hand control of XrML
to an international standards organization. The company is
currently in discussions with several standards organizations about
accepting this governance role. By allowing the governance and
development of XrML to be managed by an independent body,
ContentGuard is seeking to open up XrML's future development to
broad industry participation.
"ContentGuard is delivering on its promise to turn XrML over to a
global standards body," said Michael Miron, ContentGuard CEO.
"After extensive research and numerous discussions with members of
the standards community and industry leaders we are confident that
OASIS, an international standards consortium focused on developing
interoperable specifications built on public standards such as XML,
is in the best position to oversee XrML's development and work with
other standards organizations who share a common vision of a single
extensible rights language standard."
Through the establishment of the OASIS Rights Language Technical
Committee, content owners, DRM developers and all technology
providers now have an open and well-recognized forum allowing them
to participate in the development of a worldwide standard digital
rights language. In addition, the committee is well positioned to
extend XrML directly or in concert with other standards groups to
address the specific needs of various industry sectors. The
technical committee is also expected to form liaisons and establish
work processes with other standards organizations, such as MPEG-21,
that are committed to standardizing a digital rights language.
"We applaud ContentGuard's decision to contribute XrML to the OASIS
Rights Language Technical Committee," said Warwick Ford, VeriSign
CTO. "Establishing an open forum, in which all companies
interested in developing a rights language can play an active role,
is the best way to determine a standard that will benefit the
industry as a whole."
Establishing a standard and universal Digital Rights Language would
help enable interoperability between systems that manage digital
content or Web Services. This will expand the market for DRM
solutions that distribute e-Content and speed the commercialization
of Web Services.
"Open standards, scalability and extensibility have been the basis
for the explosive growth of the Internet, and Hewlett-Packard
Company believes that standards also will be important for the
successful adoption of DRM in information commerce," said John
Erickson, systems program manager for digital rights management, HP
Labs. "HP is pleased to be a sponsoring member of the OASIS Rights
Language TC and will continue to drive for open standards for
digital rights management."
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XrML, the language for digital rights management, provides a
universal method for specifying rights and conditions associated
with the use and protection of digital content and services.
Originally developed at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC),
the specification facilitates the creation of an open architecture
for rights management of digital content or services. It can be
integrated with both existing and new DRM systems. XrML is a
general-purpose rights language, agnostic to the type of resource,
platform, media or business applications. The latest release, XrML
2.0, expands the capabilities of a Digital Rights Language to
enable developers to establish the rights and conditions needed to
access Web Services in addition to discrete digital content. It
also contains additional capabilities in the areas of
extensibility, security and life cycle management. For more
information about XrML please visit
About ContentGuard, Inc.
ContentGuard, Inc. is driving the standard for interoperability in
Digital Rights. The company's broad foundation patent portfolio,
related to the use of any Digital Rights Language, and its Digital
Rights Language, XrML (eXtensible rights Markup Language) were
originally developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
These core technologies enable the efficient creation of DRM
applications, simplify the digital distribution process and
increase revenue opportunities for content providers deploying
varied business models, while protecting their intellectual
property. ContentGuard is driving the adoption of XrML as an
industry standard to empower the industry to create a consistent,
standardized foundation for access and usage rights information.
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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Gina Giachetti, Text 100 for ContentGuard, Inc, 415-593-8432, email
Nandita Sankaran, Text 100 for ContentGuard, Inc, 415-593-8457, email
ContentGuard is a registered trademark and XrML and eXtensible
Rights Markup Language are trademarks of ContentGuard Holdings,
Inc. All other company and product trademarks are the property of
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