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  • Licensing Starts for Copy Protection Technology for IEEE1394
  • September 29, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Four Japanese companies and Intel Corp. on Sept. 23 started licensing copy protection technology to prevent content transmitted via the IEEE1394 standard interface from being copied illegally.
    The Japanese companies are Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

    The companies enable the IEEE1394 interface to be used to transmit digital content such as movies by adopting preventive measures against content copying. In June 1998, the five vendors, including Sony, established the U.S.-based Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator, to license copy protection technology. DTLA is responsible for the licensing administration business.

    IEEE1394-based copy protection technologies have been evaluated by the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG), an industry group organized by devices makers, movie companies and other businesses. The CPTWG has narrowed down the specifications to the most promising three proposals.

    The copy protection technology inaugurated by the five vendors is one of the three proposals under consideration by the CPTWG. The CPTWG is unlikely to decide on the final specifications until after the five vendors have started the technical licensing service. For this reason, device manufacturers must undertake product development in the light of the three proposals.

    More information in English is available at: http://www.dtcp.com/press_releases/index.html

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    Updated: Mon Sep 28 18:17:38 1998 PDT