The more things change, the more they stay the same. So it is with rights management.
From 1990 until the end of 1995 I was a Principal at Northeast Consulting Resources (NCRI) before it was acquired by NerveWire. For companies large and small, my consulting practice was focused on the information and publishing industries, including early DRM companies, technologies, and applications.
At the end of 1995 I was recruited away by founder and then CEO Victor Shear to join InterTrust Technologies as SVP, Strategy. I was employee 28. During my tenure at InterTrust I contributed to their intellectual property portfolio that was eventually licensed by Microsoft for a half billion dollars (in round numbers). As InterTrust headed towards its IPO in October, ‘99, I left to do another start-up and to return to consulting. For family reasons, I moved back to the Boston area in 2001.
I decided the time had come to do a blog on rights management in part because I believe I have something to contribute that won’t be found elsewhere. Of course, you will be the judge. Dialog is great; please take flames elsewhere.
As you can see from the various categories I’ve established for my rights management blog (others on “strategy and planning” and “start-ups and innovation” are in the works), here I’ll address the following:
- General commentary about and contributions to the various rights-related debates.
- Companies that provide foundations for others: Adobe, ContentGuard Digimarc, Intel, InterTrust, MacroVision, Microsoft, Wave Systems, etc.
- Vendors focused on the Enterprise value chain: Artesia, Authentica, Documentum, Liquid Machines, Microsoft SealedMedia, etc.
- Vendors focused on the Consumer value chain: Apple, Microsoft, Real, Sony, etc.
- Patents relating to DRM and perhaps security and encryption as relevant to DRM
- Policy and legal issues.
Any category scheme is imperfect; the boundaries are always unclear. Still, the above list will give you some idea of my intended subject matter.
So what is DRM? What remains the same, and what has changed? These are topics to be addressed in the next few posts.
(Disclaimers: Under no circumstances whatsoever shall the content of this rights management blog be construed as the giving of legal advice and/or the practice of the law. All trademarks are the properties of their owners.)