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AACS Offers Interim License

21 Feb, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

As expected, the Advanced Access Content System License Administrator (AACS LA) Feb. 21 announced the availability of interim licensing agreements for antipiracy software for next-generation hardware and packaged media such as Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD.

The 116-page interim agreement, which is available for download at www.aacsla.com, includes managed copy specifications, although the highly coveted component will not be made functional until the final license agreement.

“The idea is to make sure high-def content and high-def devices were made available to consumers as quickly as possible even though there are still a few issues to work out on some of the policy matters [including managed copy, digital-only token and audio watermarking] connected to the technology,” said AACS LA spokesperson Michael Ayers, in a conference call.

Ayers wouldn't elaborate on the “policy matters” delaying activation of managed copy, which allows greater user control of content for home network systems and portable devices.

“We are looking to the future in terms of how consumers get confidence around the breadth of managed copy requirement and obligation to managed copy in the final agreement,” Ayers said.

Last week, sources familiar with HD DVD said implementation of the format's proprietary interactive technology, iHD, had been postponed.

CE companies, and IT and entertainment industries that adopt the interim agreement will be allowed to continue manufacturing product up to 18 months after adoption of the final license agreement slated for completion in the next few months.

AACS LA is a cross-industry group comprised of founders IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros.

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