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.