Zero-Knowledge Systems Inc. Files Motions on IP Rights in PRML, EPML, and EPAL
Zero-Knowledge Systems Inc., On Behalf of Synomos Inc., Files Motion to Institute Proceedings Against IBM
Montréal, Canada. June 7, 2004.
Zero-Knowledge Systems (ZKS), on behalf of its subsidiary Synomos Inc., today filed a Motion to Institute Proceedings against International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in the Superior Court of Quebec, District of Montréal. The motion outlines copyright infringement under the Canadian Copyright Act and a violation of the Civil Code of Quebec on the part of IBM in relation to joint work completed by the companies.
The Motion details the joint work done by ZKS' Enterprise Privacy Unit (now known as Synomos Inc.) and IBM from June 2001 to February 2002 towards the creation of an XML-based language standard for writing enterprise privacy policies.
This work was based on the Privacy Rights Markup Language (PRML) that ZKS had previously created and then shared with IBM under a Confidential Disclosure Agreement. The joint work of both parties on PRML led to the creation of the Enterprise Privacy Markup Language 1.0 Specification on February 4, 2002. As a result, ZKS and IBM are co-owners of the copyrights to this work.
This specification is the basis upon which IBM created its Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language, which it then published, publicized, submitted, and licensed to the World Wide Web Consortium without acknowledging ZKS' contribution, and without the license, authority or consent of ZKS as required by law.
More information on the action can be found at: http://www.synomos.com/html/EPML/.
ZKS is a leading provider of value-added services solutions for ISPs, broadband providers, telcos, and MSOs. ZKS' Synbridge is helping industry-leading ISPs generate new revenue and significantly lower the costs associated with supporting and bringing new subscriber services to market. ZKS is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, with offices in North America, Europe, and Australia. For more information, visit www.zeroknowledge.com.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL)."