Industry group launches wireless DRM initiative

Industry group launches wireless DRM initiative

Industry group the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) on Monday launched its newest Digital Rights Management (DRM) system for protecting digital music, video and software from illegal file sharing over mobile devices.

Additionally, the OMA will unveil a licensing body, the Content Management License Administrator (CMLA), led by Nokia, Intel, Panasonic Consumer Electronics and Samsung Electronics, a spokeswoman for Nokia said Monday. Formerly known as "Project Hudson," the CMLA will promote the OMA's enhanced version of its DRM system aimed at securing handsets and other mobile devices, OMA DRM 2.0 Enabler Release, she said.

The Nokia spokeswoman declined to provide further details on the CMLA or on OMA DRM 2.0 Enabler Release. Representatives from the OMA, Intel, Panasonic and Samsung could not immediately be reached for comment.

The OMA will attempt to sell the entertainment and media industries on the benefits of the OMA DRM 2.0 Enabler Release with a speech Monday afternoon at the OMA Secure Content Delivery for the Mobile World Event in Los Angeles, the group said in a statement.

The DRM system will be built into mobile handsets to allow compliant devices to receive and play encrypted files, and should also work with devices using Wi-Fi wireless networks, based on 802.11 standards. The OMA DRM 1.0 Enabler Release, issued in November 2002, is already used in a variety of handsets from Nokia, Siemens, Motorola and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, as well as servers, middleware, applications and software from Nokia, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, NEC and Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, among others.

The latest version of the DRM system offers improved support for audio and video rendering, streaming content and access to protected content using multiple devices, the OMA said.

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