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Project Hudson evolves

An industry group has launched a new system for protecting digital music, video and software from illegal file sharing over mobile devices. The Content Management License Administrator (CMLA), code named “Project Hudson”, will promote an advanced DRM system that secures handsets and other mobile devices.

The OMA DRM 2.0 Enabler Release, is designed to protect high-value content produced and distributed by a wide range of content and service providers. Digital Rights Management (DRM) protects data from unauthorized access and copying.
The OMA DRM 2.0 Enabler Release enables the protection of premium content such as music tracks, video clips, and games with enhanced security and improved support to preview and share content, among other new features.

See press release below.

Intel, mm02, Nokia, Panasonic, RealNetworks, Inc., Samsung and Warner Bros. Studios today announced plans for a licensing and compliance framework called Content Management License Administrator (CMLA). This body was formed to address necessary business concerns and enable the rapid delivery of high-quality digital content to mobile handsets and other devices that deploy Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Digital Rights Management version 2.0 specification.

CMLA creation coincides with the introduction of the OMA’s DRM version 2.0 interoperability specification developed and provided through the OMA. The OMA DRM 2.0 specifies an interoperable service enabler for Digital Rights Management (DRM), and is a major enhancement to the OMA DRM 1.0 specification.

The CMLA will address critical digital content delivery concerns by providing a licensing and compliance framework to provide the necessary encryption keys and certificates to licensed device manufacturers and service providers to enable interoperability between new devices and service. The CMLA will also facilitate open participation in the OMA DRM system by defining standard agreements among service and content providers and device makers.

The CMLA’s goal is to provide vendors and service providers clear processes and guidelines for robust and compliant OMA DRM Version 2.0 implementations making their product development cycles faster and easier. Ultimately, CMLA will assist in bringing consumers greater access to new and emerging digital content such as music, video clips, games etc.

The CMLA’s intent is to have agreements available for device makers, service providers and content participants in the first half of 2004 with a toolkit including encryption “keys” delivered by the end of 2004.

More information about CMLA is available at www.CM-LA.com.

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