Coral Consortium Expands Membership
Global Players from Entertainment, Consumer Electronics, Telecommunications, and Technology Industries Join to Advance DRM Interoperability e
Sunnyvale, Calif., Tuesday, May 17, 2005 – The Coral Consortium (www.coral-interop.org), an industry-wide technology initiative whose goal is to deliver an open, voluntary standard for interoperability between digital rights management (DRM) technologies for consumer devices and services, today announced that nine companies from entertainment, consumer electronics, telecommunications, and technology industries have joined, bringing total membership to nearly 30 corporations.
New members include: EMI Music, Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc., Time Warner Cable, Cloakware, Sun Microsystems, Ardtully Technologies, and Kenwood Corporation. With the addition of EMI Music, the Coral Consortium now includes all four major record labels.
With membership increasing by more than 50% since February of this year, the group is proceeding rapidly towards expanding the Coral Consortium 1.0 technology specification as well as developing a comprehensive compliance and usage framework for interoperable DRM systems.
On March 1, 2005, the Coral Consortium published the 1.0 technology framework, available to all Coral Members at www.coral-interop.org and available to non-Coral members under an evaluation agreement. These specifications are designed to enable service makers and service providers to start working quickly on achieving the goal of enabling consumers to be able to locate and play protected content without having to grapple with different device DRMs, media formats, or technical details. By end of summer '05, the Coral Consortium plans to deliver a comprehensive usage and compliance framework as well as Coral 2.0 specifications, which will further provide a new approach to digital content delivery and consumption.
"Coral's growing membership is a testament to the importance of the interoperability problem and to the effectiveness of our approach," said Jack Lacy, president of The Coral Consortium. "While we've accomplished much in a short time period of time, a lot of work remains ahead before our next release; new members are vital to meeting our objectives and for rapid adoption in the industry. We look forward to new service providers joining from the digital television and mobile markets to provide complete representation of a range of viewpoints from across the entire value chain."
About The Coral Consortium
The Coral Consortium seeks to ensure interoperability so that today's digital music and video can be easily accessed and enjoyed, regardless of the service provider or the device. While recent innovations in digital media distribution provide consumers with new channels to acquire music and video, proprietary differences still exist in underlying DRM or content protection technology. At times, these technologies conflict and prevent consumers from playing content packaged and distributed using one DRM technology on a device that supports a different DRM technology. The Consortium's focus is a new technology layer that will allow existing DRM solutions to co-exist, thereby promoting content and devices that play well together.
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