New Industry Group to Advance DRM

At the request of member companies, the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) is establishing a new working group to drive advancement of digital rights management (DRM) technologies, services, and business practices.

With rapidly increasing consumer acceptance of remote data storage, mobile cloud services, Internet protocol television (IPTV), social networking, over-the-top (OTT) video, Internet of Things (IoT), and similar trends, there has been corresponding growth in the need for improvement in Internet access control solutions to protect the integrity of high-value content and proprietary data, provide optimal usability, and ensure the security and privacy of consumers and enterprise end-users.

Industry participants confirm that the time is right for an initiative totally focused on the advancement of digital rights management (ADRM).

Unlawful attempts to justify digital infringement and disruption are now threatening even more than the economic insult inflicted by the pirating of music tracks or the hacking of company emails.

The emergence of the IoT is heralding such advances as connected automobiles and embedded medical devices; and overturning their related data systems can result not only in data loss, but also in serious physical injury or death.

“The ADRM Working Group will create a conduit for processing, organizing, and focusing consumer feedback; a forum for providing legal oversight and influencing regulatory and legislative actions; and a platform for coordinating technical direction as these relate to access control in the digital ecosystem,” said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty in making the announcement.

Initially, the group will focus on completing its voluntary code of conduct, an initial draft of which is offered in the DRM Manifesto white-paper published on the DCIA website.

DRM solutions providers and related companies are encouraged to participate and invited to contact for more information.

About the DCIA

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA), established in 2003, is an international non-profit trade organization with the mission to commercially advance cloud computing and related technologies.

Its member companies are industry-leading software and solutions developers, broadband network operators, content rights-holders, and service-and-support firms.

The DCIA conducts such activities as business development, market research, conferences and expos, industry communications, working groups, advocacy initiatives, standards setting, and also publishes the weekly online newsletter DCINFO. To learn more, please visit

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