DMP

Last update: 2011/08/28

The Digital Media Project

 

Five years of DMP: achievements and plans

 

DMP establishment

The Digital Media Project was established on 2003/12/01 at the law offices of Jacquemmoud et Stanislas in Geneva where the DMP has its registered office. The statutes of the DMP, in particular the mission spelled out in Art. 3, were inherited from the Digital Media Manifesto, an initiative started on the 2003/07/04.  

DMP mission 

The DMP is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to promote continuing successful development, deployment and use of Digital Media that respect the rights of creators and rights holders to exploit their works, the wish of end users to fully enjoy the benefits of Digital Media and the interests of various value-chain players to provide products and services, according to the principles laid down in the Digital Media Manifesto.

The goals of DMP are realised through the development of Technical Specifications and Recommended Practices enabling businesses that support new or improved user experiences, and Recommended Actions to appropriate entities to act on removal of barriers holding up exploitation of Digital Media. Technical Specifications, Recommended Practices and Recommended Actions are collectively called "DMP Approved Documents". DMP contributes the results of its activities to appropriate formal standards bodies and other appropriate entities whenever this is instrumental to achieve the general DMP goals.

DMP objectives 

Table 1 The Digital Media Manifesto actions

Policy actions

P1

Mapping of rights traditionally enjoyed by users to the Digital Media space

 

P2

Phasing out analogue legacies applied to Digital Media

 

P3

Deployment of broadband access

 

P4

Improving development of and access to standards

Technical actions

T1

Interoperable Digital Rights Management platforms

 

T2

Interoperable end-user devices

 

T3

End-to-end conformance assessment

 Main results of DMP General Assemblies (GA)

Table 2 DMP General Assemblies and results

yy

mm

GA

Where

 

Results

4

02

GA01

Heidelberg

DE

Set guidelines for development of technical specification

4

04

GA02

Los Angeles

US

Start requirements for Portable Audio-Video (PAV)

4

07

GA03

Osaka

JP

Establish that the DMP specification are “toolkit”
Issue Call for Proposals of PAV technologies

4

10

GA04

Barcelona

ES

Review responses to SAV CfP
Issue 1st draft PAV specification
Start requirements for Stationary Audio-Video (SAV)

5

01

GA05

Ipswich

UK

Issue 2nd draft PAV specification
Issue Call for Proposals of SAV technologies

5

04

GA06

San Diego

US

Approve IDP-1specification in 6 parts (PAV)
Issue 1st draft SAV specification

5

07

GA07

Erlangen

DE

Issue 2nd draft SAV specification

5

10

GA08

Jeju

KR

Issue 3rd draft SAV specification

6

02

GA09

Turin

IT

Approve IDP-2 specification in 6 parts (SAV)
Issue IDP-3 Call for Proposals

6

04

GA10

Lausanne

CH

Decide to develop the IDP Reference SW as Open Source
Issue 1st draft IDP-3 specification

6

07

GA11

Florence

IT

Issue 2nd draft IDP-3 specification

6

10

GA12

Beijing

CN

Name IDP Reference SW as Chillout®
Release Chillout under Mozilla Public Licence
Issue 3rd draft IDP-3 specification
Issue draft CfP for Content Registration Authority (CRAu)

7

02

GA13

Tokyo

JP

Approve IDP-2.1 specification in 6 parts
Issue Call for Proposals for additional IDP technologies
Issue CfP for DMP Content Registration Authority

7

04

GA14

Barcelona

ES

Issue 1st draft IDP-3.0 specification

7

07

GA15

Turin

IT

Approve the IDP-3.0 specification in 9 parts
Issue Call for Proposals for further IDP technologies

7

10

GA16

Shenzhen

CN

Issue 1st draft IDP-3.1 specification

8

01

GA17

London

UK

Approve IDP-3.1 specification
Issue CfP on more IDP technologies

8

05

GA18

Lausanne

CH

Issue 1st draft IDP-3.2 specification

8

07

GA19

Turin

IT

Issue 2nd draft IDP-3.2 specification
Submit response to MPEG MXM CfP

8

10

GA10

Daejeon

KR

Approve IDP-3.2 specification
Assign to ISO the right to use Chillout as MXM Reference SW
Appoint National Information Agency of Korea as CRAu
Issue CfP on DMP Device Certification Authority (DCAu)

 It is to be noted that literally tens of ad hoc group meetings have also been held.

IDP structure

Table 3 The structure of the IDP

No.

Title

1

Technical Reference: Value-Chain Functions and Requirements

2

Technical Reference: Architecture

3

Technical Specification: Interoperable DRM Platform

4

Technical Specification: Use Cases and Value Chains

5

Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities

6

Technical Reference: Terminology

7

Technical Specification: Reference software

8

Recommended Practice: End-to-End Conformance

9

Recommended Action: Mapping of Traditional Rights and Usages to the digital space

Additional notable DMP results

  1. Workshops to explore Policy Actions P1, P2 and P4 before its GA2, GA4 and GA2, respectively with proceedings available from the DMP web site
  2. During 2004 subscribers to the grass-roots DMP email reflectors developed an important study on Traditional Rights and Usages (Collection of TRU templates)
  3. The DMP issued responses to
    1. Final Report of the High Level Group on Digital Rights Management (European Commission consultation, September 2004) – dmp0164
    2. A new approach to public service content in the digital media age (UK Ofcom inquiry, March 2007) – dmp0939
    3. Creative Content Online (European Commission consultation, January 2008) dmp1101
    4. Green Paper (European Commission consultation, July 2008) – dmp1190
  4. The DMP made demos and trials of its developments
    1. IBC (Amsterdam September 2006)
    2. WIM TV trial at Beijing Olympics (Beijing, August 2008)
    3. The DMP made substantial contributions to MPEG that led to International Standards
      1. DAC (Dissemination And Capture) profile of REL (ISO/IEC 21000-5:2004/Amd 2:2007)
      2. OAC (Open Access Content) profile of REL (ISO/IEC 21000-5:2004/Amd 3:2008)
      3. Media Value Chain Ontology (under development as ISO/IEC CD 21000-19)
      4. Media Streaming Application Format (ISO/IEC 23000-5:2008)
      5. XML IPMP messages (ISO/IEC 23001-3:2008)
      6. MXM protocols (ISO/IEC 29116-1 2nd Edition under development as CD)
      7. MPEG eXtensible Middleware
        1. Part 1 Architecture and Technologies (under development as ISO/IEC CD 23006-1)
        2. Part 2 API (under development as ISO/IEC CD 23006-2)
        3. Part 3 Reference Software and Conformance (under development as ISO/IEC CD 23006-3
  5. Digital Media in Italia has
    1. Adopted IDP-3.2 as its Interoperable DRM (iDRM) specification
    2. Contributed code to Chillout
    3. Developed two demo applications based on Chillout (P2P iDRM and VHS 2.0)

The DMP impact

The DMP has

  1. Developed a mature toolkit specifications of a DRM platform (IDP, now v.3.2)
  2. Developed the IDP Reference Software as Open Source (Chillout)
  3. Channelled most of its results to ISO to become International Standards
  4. Established part of the DRM governance infrastructure by appointing National Information Society Agency as its Content Registration Authority (CRAu)
  5. Shown that interoperable DRM based on open standards is not a dream by developing running applications
  6. Has indirectly prompted the establishment of the JTC 1 Study Group on Digital Content Management and Protection
  7. Has provided the technology for establishing new innovative companies

 The DMP future

 GA21 participants propose the following as goals for the next phase of DMP

  1. Complete governance infrastructure including Device Certification Authority (DCAu)
  2. Establish ongoing management of governance infrastructure (CRAu, DCAu)
  3. Extend the technical specifications with new technologies (e.g. Open Media Marketplace, payment/cashing)
  4. Continue to develop and promote Chillout by
    1. Contributing Chillout MXM engines to MPEG
    2. Extending Chillout with applications that can make it the primary platform for the industry
  5. Conceive and deploy innovative and experimental services (WIM TV etc.) bearing in mind that developments in other context (e.g. MPEG Advanced IPTV Terminal - AIT) will provide benefits to participating DMP members
  6. Contribute to other bodies (e.g. MPEG MXM, MVCO, AIT)
  7. Develop Digital Media Manifesto policy actions (e.g. realise demonstration of TRU mapping)
  8. Promote DMP vision and its achievements (university courses, publications beyond the technical specifications, workshops etc.)
  9. Whenever possible seek financial support to achieve specific goals via such public initiatives as COST to supplement running costs