Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) builds award-winning software solutions for
Web and print publishing.
"As the Internet becomes a delivery medium for
high-value content, an open, extensible language for expressing rights and permissions
will be crucial in creating interoperability across the industry," said Joe Eschbach,
vice president, Adobe Systems Incorporated. "By making XrML freely available,
ContentGuard, Inc. is establishing its interest in promoting open standards to
ensure that publishers can feel confident in the safety of their digital rights
management (DRM) investments and take advantage of the speed and efficiency of
conducting business over the Internet."
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBL) is the Internet's leading provider of premium,
spoken word audio for PC-based listening or mobile playback on AudibleReady
"Audible applauds ContentGuard, Inc.'s endeavor to freely license
XrML as a common language for expressing digital rights," said Donald Katz, founder
and chairman of Audible, Inc. "We believe that this initiative will help to accelerate
the distribution of protected, digital content and open new opportunities for
the creative community."
Works offers "virtual content warehouse" services to manage all processes
from content creation to delivery, and "content delivery" services that enable
management of content delivery and sales via traditional printing, on-demand printing,
and electronic formats without dependence on particular media. The BookPark service,
with 30,000 titles, uses Japan's first integration of Web and POD technologies.
is a leading ISV of DRM server-side software components, frameworks and solutions.
DMDsecure's products, DMDfusion and DMDaccess, manage the access, usage, protection
and licensing of digital content, enabling a wide range of content delivery services
including VOD, e-learning, subscriptions, PPV, corporate communication and live
Laboratories is the central research organization for Hewlett-Packard
Company (NYSE: HWP), the leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions
and services for business and home.
"Open standards, scalability and extensibility
have been the basis for the explosive growth of the Internet," said Dr. John Erickson,
systems program manager for DRM at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. "HP believes
that standards at several levels will be important to the successful adoption
of DRM in information commerce. XrML represents an important step towards consistency
in the area of rights expression, one key to interoperability for DRM systems
and services. Hewlett-Packard actively endorses XrML."
Management Concepts is an ISV whose primary business is enterprise
cost and earned value management software. The company's flagship product, MicroFusion
Millennium, uses XrML and allows users to realize tighter control over projects
with a greater return on their investment.
A pioneer in the field of DRM, MediaDNA
has developed revolutionary software that protects electronic content from theft.
"ContentGuard, Inc.'s XrML represents a major step towards enabling the
deployment of end-to-end, soft-goods commerce solutions," said Greg Benson, founder
and chief executive officer of MediaDNA. "XrML can play an important role in helping
our technology integrate seamlessly throughout the value chain."
(NASDAQ: MSFT) is a worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing.
"Microsoft supports XrML as the most comprehensive, fully developed, rights
language in existence, and we believe strongly in the benefits of a single rights
language for all to use."
is a leading developer of ePublishing tools and services. OverDrive also has taken
a leadership position in authoring the recently released Open eBook Specification
1.0, partnering with NIST, Microsoft and others on the Open eBook Specification
"OverDrive's ReaderWorks software will permit authors,
publishers and other content owners to easily point and select the terms and conditions
for the use and license of their intellectual property for eBooks in the digital
marketplace," said Steve Potash, president of OverDrive. "Without having to learn
tagging codes or special symbols, ReaderWorks will provide an easy-to-use application
that is part of the copyright protection solution this market has been yearning
for. Along with the release of the Open eBook Specification, XrML will be the
catalyst that allows authors, publishers, aggregators and others to intelligently
send their eBook product into digital distribution channels. XrML will facilitate
the commercial success of the eBook market."
Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRSF) develops, markets and supports real-time,
scalable customer management and billing software for providers of Internet-based
"Portal Software is a big supporter of standards efforts aimed
at growing the market for the benefit of all and applauds the XrML initiative
to facilitate standards adoption in the digital content distribution industry,"
said Vijay Iyer, senior director of market development at Portal Software, Inc.
"Portal Software is currently investigating the XrML specification for efficiency
Corporation's (NYSE:XRX) portfolio of global, industry-based document
solutions combines services, software and hardware into partnerships that bring
high value to our customers' mission-critical business processes.
scientists at Xerox PARC and in the Architecture Center had a vision of being
able to help publishers of all media to distribute and sell content over the Internet,"
said Herve Gallaire, senior vice president, corporate research and technology
for Xerox corporation. "The announcement of XrML as an open specification, along
with the tremendous industry support we are seeing is the significant first step
in the realization of that vision. As a strong proponent of open industry standards,
Xerox is excited to support the ContentGuard XrML initiative."
intends to revolutionize the magazine publishing industry. The Zinio solution
converts print magazines into digital form and includes a dedicated reader along
with a comprehensive delivery system that allows magazine readers to enjoy portability,
easy navigation and interactivity in a digital version identical to print. The
Zinio solution is built using ContentGuard tools and technology.