Digital Media Project Approves Phase II Specs for Interoperable DRM Platform

Feb 21, 2006

The international Digital Media Project (DMP) concluded its ninth general assembly this month, approving the Interoperable Digital Rights Management (DRM) Platform, Phase II (IDP-2) specification for release and publication in April 2006, following the editorial phase.

IDP-2 enhances the open, interoperable, and scalable platform of the previous specification (IDP-1), released in April 2005, by providing an open framework that lets users employ a mix of standard and proprietary DRM technologies, configured to serve individual needs, while still retaining digital media interoperability. IDP-2 supports and extends a number of existing business models. In the broadcast case, a fully interoperable DRM environment for using digital media in the home becomes possible. IDP-2 makes it possible to extend this to an entire home, leaving to service operators--broadcasters, mobile and IPTV operators--and CE manufacturers, the freedom of technology choice within the IDP-2 framework.

The next DMP General Assembly will be held in April 2006 in Lausanne and will include presentations and selections of proposed IDP-3 technologies and the drafting of the initial IDP-3 specification. Additional topics will include IDP reference software and conformance and mapping of traditional rights and usages (TRU) to the digital space. The DMP expects to finalize the IDP-3 specification and the other issues by October 2006.