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Latest Version of Digital Rights Language, XrML 2.0 Now Available

[November 26, 2001. "This message is being sent to all Licensees and Users who have downloaded the eXtensible Rights Markup Language (XrML) Specification, Version 1.03 and earlier. -"]

Dear XrML User:

We would like to thank you for your past interest in XrML.

ContentGuard, Inc. is pleased to announce the general availability of XrML 2.0 -- The Digital Rights Language for Trusted Content and Services. This is a significant upgrade to XrML and is the release we have submitted to MPEG and TV Anytime in response to their call for a Rights Language standard.

Also announced is the beta release of an XrML 2.0 Software Developer's Kit to enable developers to incorporate rights creation, manipulation, interpretation, and enforcement functions into any solutions quickly and easily. This SDK will be available from the ContentGuard Web Site ( by December 7, 2001. As Web Services go mainstream, the distinction between discrete digital content and Web Services is blurring. In many applications, content usage and service access rights are tightly integrated or easily interchangeable. ContentGuard has addressed this opportunity with XrML 2.0.

For example, using XrML 2.0 in a trusted environment, a business can expand its online products from simple password access to a DRM System that provides customized and personalized offerings which combine static and streamed content as well as services. Each offering can use different rights (e.g. view, save, forward), conditions (e.g. free, fee based, limited time) and delivery methods (e.g., downloaded, streamed, ASP). New services with specific rights can be added to individuals or user groups through the use of XrML.

This confluence of content and services represents a huge new opportunity for the future of rights-enabled digital content distribution and web services. XrML remains a general-purpose rights language, agnostic to the type of resource, platform, media type or format. XrML 2.0 expands the capabilities of a Digital Rights Language to now allow developers to establish the rights and conditions needed to access various Web Services in addition to discrete digital content. It also contains additional capabilities such as extensibility, security, life cycle management.

ContentGuard is committed to facilitate the adoption of XrML as an industry standard for access and usage rights specification across all resource types.

Please visit to find out about the power of XrML 2.0. You can download the spec for free and begin deploying The Digital Rights Language in your trusted application immediately! We also invite you to visit to pre-register for the beta of the SDK and to find out about the rich features and capabilities provided in the SDK.

Best Regards:

The XrML Team at ContentGuard

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See the news item "ContentGuard Releases XrML Version 2.0 and Submits Specification to Standards Bodies."

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