The Digital Media Project  

Source

GA13

Date

2007/02/02

Title

Call for Participation in the selection of the DMP Content Registration Authority

No.

0920/Tokyo

 

 

Call for Participation in the selection of the DMP Content Registration Authority

 

Executive Summary

This document is a Call for Participation in the selection of the DMP Content Registration Authority (CRAu) issued by the Digital Media Project (DMP). More information about DMP can be found at http//www.dmpf.org/.

 

DMP defines Content as a DMP-defined structure of Content Elements where Content Element can be any of the following Data types: Resource, Metadata, Content, License, DRM Information, DRM Tool, DRM Tool Pack and Use Data.

 

Content Items need to be Identified for Use in Value Chains. This task is performed by Content Registration Agencies (CRAg). CRAg’s are appointed by the CRAu.

 

If successful, the eventual outcome of this Call for Participation will result in DMP appointing a suitable candidate to perform the task of DMP Content Registration Authority. If there will be no candidate meeting the said conditions, DMP reserves the right to not make any appointment.

 

Any organisation meeting the criteria listed in Approved Document No. 5 – Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0915) is entitled to respond to this Call. Deadline for responses is 31st of March 2007, irrespective of its DMP membership.

 

More information about the CRAu can be found in Approved Document No. 5 - Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0865), specifically the chapter concerning Registration Authorities that should be considered as an integral part of the Call.

 

Terms beginning with a capital letter are defined in Approved Document No. 6 – Technical Reference: Terminology (dmp0916).

 

1          Introduction

The Digital Media Project (DMP) is a not-for-profit organisation registered in Geneva 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”.

 

DMP operates according to a work plan whose current version (dmp0823) foresees the development and approval of

 

1.      Technical Specifications for Interoperable DRM Platform

a.       Phase I (IDP-1) in April 2005 – completed

b.      Phase II (IDP-2) in February 2006 – completed

c.       Phase III (IDP-3) in February 2007

2.      Reference software in January 2007

3.      Recommended Practices for End-to-End Conformance in April 2007

4.      Mapping of Traditional Rights and Usages to the Digital Space in April 2007.

 

The advanced state of development of DMP specifications and particularly the reference software is making it urgent to provide the first element of the DMP governance infrastructure, namely the ability for a Creator of a Content Item or his agent to obtain an Identifier, and for a User to Authenticate a Content Item with a given Identifier.

 

It is to be noted that in DMP Content is defined as a structure of Content Elements where a Content Element is any of the following Data types: Resource, Metadata, Content, License, DRM Information, DRM Tool, DRM Tool Pack and Use Data.

 

The following chapters provide some additional information on the background of this Call for Participation. Prospective respondents are advised that official information on the CRAu, the process to appoint it and its duties are contained in Approved Document No. 5 – Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0915).

 

2          Antitrust statement on the Digital Media Project

In issuing this Call for Participation the members of the Digital Media Project make explicit reference to the following clauses of the DMP Statutes that relate to antitrust and competition issues:

 

Art. 3, para. 5

The business of DMP shall not be conducted for the financial profits of its Members but for their mutual benefits. Discussions about sales levels, methods, channels of distribution, markets, customers, prices or profitability or any other topic which would restrict use of Digital Media are prohibited.

 

Art. 4.1, para. 3-5

The Members agree to respect all legal provisions and these Statutes concerning DMP. When developing DMP Approved Documents each applicant has to declare himself individually and collectively committed to open competition in the development of DMP Approved Documents. The Members are not restricted in any way from designing, developing, marketing and/or procuring the technologies developed.

Members are not bound to implement or use specific technology standards, or recommendations by virtue of participation in DMP.

Membership in DMP in no way obligates or requires a member to license its patents or technologies to others. If a member chooses to license its patents or technologies, membership in DMP in no way imposes, obligates or requires such member to offer such licenses on any particular terms.

3          Qualification Requirements for the applicant Content Registration Authority

To qualify for designation as a Registration Authority an organization shall demonstrate that:

 

1.      It is a legal entity;

2.      It has been in existence for no less than five years;

3.      It enjoys a sound financial structure;

4.      It is familiar with the field in order to operate as an Authority;

5.      It has employees who are technically competent in digital identification;

6.      It does not have a direct stake in the related business that would create a conflict of interest;

7.      It commits to function in its capacity as a Registration Authority for a minimum of nine years, however, the appointment will be renewed every 3 years;

8.      It has sufficient equipment resources (e.g., hardware, software) and communication facilities (e.g., postal street address, telephone, facsimile, e-mail, ftp and web site);

9.      If it operates with a fee structure, this structure shall be for the purpose of cost recovery, and shall be approved as part of the appointment;

10.  It shall require no financial contribution from DMP and its members;

11.  It shall not become a Registration Agency.

 

Please make reference to Approved Document No. 5 – Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0915) for additional information.

 

4          Requirements for responding to this Call for Participation

An application shall contain all of the following:

 

1.      Name of the applicant entity;

2.      Copy of the document of incorporation or copy of registration as a company;

3.      Self-assessment of how the requirements of the Call for Participation are fulfilled;

4.      The level of administrative fees, if any, which must be based on cost recovery principles;

5.      Detailed description of the policies that the applicant entity intends to apply if it will be appointed as a Content Registration Authority, in particular the criteria for accepting or rejecting applications for Content Registration Agencies to be applied in a strictly non-discriminatory fashion;

6.      Indication of the time the Registration Authority will start receiving applications from prospective Content Registration Agencies.

 

Please make reference to Approved Document No. 5 – Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0915) for additional information.

 

5          Selection process

The selection process will be initiated by the DMP Board of Directors which will select one applicant out of all received applications.

The DMP Board of Directors will negotiate the text of the agreement between DMP and the selected applicant.

The selection and the negotiated text of the agreement will be submitted to the DMP General Assembly.

The General Assembly will vote on the proposal of the Board of Directors. If the vote will be positive the DMP Board shall inform the successful applicant of the result within 180 days of the deadline indicated in the Call for Participation.

 

Please make reference to Approved Document No. 5 – Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0915) for additional information.

 

6          How to respond

All parties who believe to satisfy the criteria listed in Approved Document No. 5 - Technical Specification: Certification and Registration Authorities (dmp0915) are invited to respond to this call for consideration by DMP. These parties do not necessarily have to be DMP members.

Proposals are to be received by:

 

Digital Media Project Secretariat

Eurescom GmbH

Heinsteinwerk

Wieblinger Weg 19

D-69123 Heidelberg

Germany

Fax

+49 6221 98 94 47

Email

secretariat@digital-media-project.org

 

either by postal mail or (preferred) electronically, by 2007/03/31T23:00 GMT.

Proposals are to be formatted as Word or HTML documents. If submitted by mail, they must be provided on an ISO9660 CD-R.