An XML consortium has announced that Microsoft, ContentGuard, Hewlett Packard, VeriSign, Reuters and others will work together to advance a common XML rights language standard for the increasingly important digital rights management (DRM) marketplace.
The Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis) said that the members will make the Extensible Rights Markup Language (XrML) available as a standard for specifying and managing rights linked to resources such as digital content and web services.
XrML, which was recently selected as the base architecture for the MPEG-21 Rights Expression Language, can be used in content-centric as well as service-based business models.
The goal of the standard will be to support interoperability between DRM platforms while allowing them to set up access models that extend from the simple to the complex.
ContentGuard's Hari Reddy, who is also the chairman of the Oasis Rights Language Technical Committee (RLTC), said in a statement: "Our work in establishing a standard rights language will address the need for interoperability between the components and systems that manage the creation, distribution and consumption of digital assets within and across different industries."
Reddy also explained that ContentGuard intends to submit its XrML to the Oasis RLTC as a starting point for the work.
Joshua Duhl, an IDC analyst, maintained that the use of DRM technologies for the distribution of content and services holds great potential, and that putting DRM-related standards in place is essential for its success.
"The contribution of XrML to Oasis is an important step in establishing a standards rights language for DRM," he said.
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