3 June 2004: ISO Publication of the MPEG Rights Data Dictionary Standard, ISO/IEC 21000-6
The Contecs:DD Consortium (comprising the International DOI Foundation, Melodies and Memories Global Ltd, the Motion Picture Association, the Recording Industry Association of America and Rightscom Ltd), the International Publishers Association, the Association of American Publishers, The International Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, the and the Publishers Association (UK) and EDItEUR welcome the publication by ISO of the MPEG Rights Data Dictionary standard, ISO/IEC 21000-6.
The ISO MPEG Rights Data Dictionary (RDD) provides the basis for a resource to create widely understood, consistent meaning for Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems. The RDD will be available to all those involved in building and deploying DRM systems to ensure that the terms used in permissions granted by the systems can be interpreted consistently.
The RDD specification is intended to support the ISO MPEG Rights Expression Language. Together, the two standards equip the DRM world with interoperable ways of expressing rules and interoperable ways of communicating the meaning of these rules. This is to the benefit of rights holders, who can be confident that business rules can be interpreted consistently and to consumers, who can be sure that usage permissions will not vary unpredictably across different systems. Manufacturers can also benefit because their systems can interoperate without detailed negotiation on the interpretation of permissions.
To support the new standard, MPEG is recommending the appointment of the International DOI Foundation (IDF) and its technical partner, Rightscom, as the Registration Agency for the RDD. The Registration Authority will enable DRM builders, device manufacturers and other parties to register their terms in a database, which will be available for automated queries to determine the precise meaning of terms in permissions.
Chris Barlas, who edited the RDD standard said: "The MPEG Rights Data Dictionary is a unique addition to the DRM environment. By providing a set of standard meanings to enable different communities to exchange precise information, the system cuts down on possible misinterpretation. It is a big boost for DRM interoperability."
Norman Paskin, Director of IDF said: "Rights are complex and many metadata schemes are already in use; the deployment of an interoperable and standard dictionary provides a solution to cope with this real-world diversity. The MPEG RDD is a realisation of the concept of semantic interoperability we have campaigned for, and we are delighted to see it now made available ".
As required by ISO, the Contecs:DD Consortium is currently engaged in the preparation of licensing procedures for the underlying RDD technology.
Copies of the standard may be purchased through the ISO web site.
Notes for editors:
Contecs:DD is a consortium formed in 2001 to work on tools for the sharing of understanding of the meaning in rights management systems. Its members are:
MPEG is a technical working group of ISO/IEC, responsible for the development of standards for coded representation of digital audio and video, including the MPEG-21 Multimedia Framework.
ISO is the International Organisation for Standardisation, based in Geneva. ISO manages a joint technical committee with the International Electrotechnical Commission, producing technical standards for information technology. MPEG is part of this joint technical committee.
A Rights Data Dictionary is a structured collection of terms for describing usage rights that might be part of the business rules governing content consumption in the digital environment.
A Rights Expression Language is a secure computer language which content owners and their partners can use to express business rules in the digital environment.
Further information can be obtained from:
ISO MPEG-RDD INDUSTRY SUPPORTERS
International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM)
International Publishers Association