CE and DRM technology leaders to create a DRM toolkit for consumer devices

Marlin Joint Development Association to provide standard specifications for content management and protection for the consumer electronics industry

Sunnyvale, CA, January 19, 2005 - Intertrust Technologies, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Corporation today announced the formation of the Marlin Joint Development Association (the "Marlin JDA") that will provide standard specifications for content management and protection for the consumer electronics industry. The Marlin JDA specifications will allow CE companies to build DRM clients for consumer devices that support popular content distribution modes in the Internet, broadcast, and mobile vertical market segments. For consumers, Marlin-based devices will mean that they can enjoy appropriately licensed content on any device they deem convenient, independent of how they originally obtained that content. 

Convergence across consumer Internet, broadcast and mobile devices and services over the last few years has been constrained because of often conflicting proprietary DRM technologies and differing standards for each distribution mode, such as proprietary methods of music distribution to hard disk music players from the Internet. The Marlin JDA specifications will allow CE companies to use a single technology toolkit to build DRM functions into their devices to support commonly used content distribution modes, in a way that promotes interoperability while maximizing efficiency in the device architecture.

Marlin JDA specifications will be fully compatible with the outcome of the previously announced Coral initiative, which is aimed at developing a set of DRM-agnostic service protocols for interoperability between DRM systems and standards. Marlin-based devices will be able to interoperate with Coral-enabled DRM systems even if those systems do not use Marlin DRM components.

The Marlin JDA will also offer a Licensing and Compliance Program and a Community Source Program to permit adopters to obtain sample code modules and licenses for the specifications on a reasonable and non-discriminatory basis. The Marlin JDA plans to release version 1.0 along with the associated Community Source and Licensing and Compliance program in the summer 2005 time frame.  

 

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About Intertrust Technologies Corporation

Intertrust develops and licenses intellectual property for Digital Rights Management (DRM) and trusted computing. The Company holds over 30 U.S. patents and has approximately 85 patent applications pending worldwide. Intertrust's patent portfolio covers software and hardware techniques that can be implemented in a broad range of products that use DRM and trusted computing technologies, including computer operating systems, digital media platforms, web services, and enterprise infrastructure. Intertrust has research, engineering, and IP groups focusing on developing and monetizing next-generation technologies and inventions.  More information about the company can be found at www.intertrust.com

 

About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated sales of US$71.92 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. Matsushita's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on the company and its Panasonic brand, visit the Matsushita website at www.panasonic.net

 

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 166,800 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter

 

About Samsung Electronics Corporation

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunications, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2003 parent company sales of US$36.4 billion and net income of US$5.0 billion.  Employing approximately 88,000 people in 89 offices in 46 countries, the company consists of six main business units: Corporate Technology Operations, Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs.  For more information, visit www.samsung.com

 

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading personal broadband entertainment company in the world.  Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.  Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net

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