Several outlets, including Reuters, have carried articles reporting that Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems' COO, announced yesterday a new Sun DRM initiative called Open Media Commons that would create an open source, royalty-free DRM standard plus software.
It's about time the open source community seriously addressed the DRM issue; many open sourcers are vehemently anti-DRM so it will be interesting to see how the Open Media Commons initiative plays out. Kudos to Sun and Schwartz for throwing down the gauntlet. Snippets:
To lay the foundation for the Open Media Common initiative, Sun will immediately share its internal Sun Labs program Project DReaM, what it calls "DRM/everywhere available."
The recording industry and a number of partners identified the incompatibility issue about a year and a half ago, but still were not close to finding a solution, because of a lack of coordination among technology companies.
"It's an interesting idea," Gartner G2 analyst Mike McGuire said of Sun's effort. "But you've got a whole bunch of audiences that have to be satisfied with this."