Sunday, August 06, 2006

Open Source Linux DRM Grows Up

An open source DRM (digital rights management) software project started in 2002 that supports embedded Linux has apparently achieved its second major release. OpenIPMP v2 adds support for additional open DRM standards, along with structural and development improvements aimed at making the software easier to port, build, and integrate. The OpenIPMP project aims to provide open standards-based DRM software that can be easily ported to any platform. Along with an SDK (software development kit) for adding DRM to media encoders and players, OpenIPMP includes a J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) server application for rights management and license issuing.

OpenIPMP v2 supports open DRM standards that include: Motion Picture Expert Group IPMP (intellectual property management and protection) specifications for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4,OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) DRM v2 specification and ISMA (Internet streaming media alliance) encryption and DRM signaling specifications for MPEG-4 streaming and local playback (ISMAcryp)

In addition, OpenIPMP v2 adds a better integration interface, pluggable key management, a full crypto system interface, and an upgraded client-server protocol based on SOAP web services. OpenIPMP v2 is available now for download at SourceForge and its integrated by default with MPEG4IP, although it should support any MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 management system. Additionally, OpenIPMP plug-ins for Windows Media Player and Apple Quicktime player are said to be commercially available from various third-party codec vendors.

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