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DECE members agree on format, DRM schemes

updated 01:05 pm EST, Mon January 4, 2010

DECE will exclude DRM in common format

Members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) today said they have agreed on key points behind their promised universal media access strategy. The coalition has come to a deal on a common file format that will work across the hardware and software of every participating member. Among proprietary formats, the group has picked Adobe's Flash Access, CMLA-OMA, Marlin, Microsoft's PlayReady and Widevine as officially supported by the system.

The digital rights "locker" key to the system is also now in development by Neustar, according to the companies involved. When finished, the locker will be accessible from any DECE-supporting app or device and grant permission to download or stream content as long as the purchasing or rental rights allow it.

Full technical details of the universal format and how DECE works should be available within the first half of the year, though it remains uncertain when the implementation will be ready for the public.

In its tentative form, DECE notably excludes Apple, Amazon and others that have their own protection systems. Apple has advocated for more universal availability of content but has said it prefers to eliminate DRM altogether rather than settle on a widespread copy protection standard, which creates more widespread security risks and still excludes those who don't license the copy protection scheme.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Do Not Want

    Any system that gets in the way of me using the media content I purchase on any device of my choosing is unacceptable. I'll stick with ripping my shiny discs to standard formats without DRM, so that I can actually use them.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Join The Club!

    "Members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) today said they have agreed on key points behind their promised universal media access strategy. The coalition has come to a deal on a common file format that will work across the hardware and software of every participating member."

    So it's universal within their proprietary universe.

    We'll see how far DEfeCatE gets with this wondrous plan.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Huh?!

    This is like 4 guys standing together in a field and declaring that they're a new country. Nobody else gives a c***!

    /

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Not buying it

    I can tell you right now I'm not buying in. I have not bought into iTMS video either. There is no incentive. Video downloads have to be easy, convenient, non-restrictive, and of far better quality to be successful. Right now buying and ripping DVD & Blu-ray discs is actually easier, better quality, and untouchable in usability.

    My comment to the entire industry: "Where's the beef?" Get over yourselves and release all video content (that means movies!) in DRM-free H.264 to every existing distribution channel, and then I'll open my wallet. Stop being stupid and restricting your legitimate paying customers. DRM is useless. Bootleggers have/will already ripped everything produced and you'll never stop it... why make things difficult for the very people who are willing to give you money? It's incomprehensibly stupid.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    one ring to rule them all

    and in the darkness bind them... to Microsoft and the RIAA.

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