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   RE: OASIS TC Call For Participation: Rights Language TC

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In the announcement I sent out earlier this morning to announce the
Rights Language TC I included an incorrect email address for the chair.

To join the TC you should notify the chair, Hari Reddy, at his correct
address: hari.reddy@contentguard.com

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karl F. Best [mailto:karl.best@oasis-open.org]
> Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 8:25 AM
> To: members@lists.oasis-open.org; tc-announce@lists.oasis-open.org;
> rights@lists.oasis-open.org; xml-dev@lists.ebxml.org
> Subject: [tc-announce] OASIS TC Call For Participation:
> Rights Language
> TC
> A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Rights
> Language Technical Committee has been proposed by the
> following members
> of OASIS: Thomas DeMartini, ContentGuard; John Erickson, Hewlett
> Packard; Brad Gandee, ContentGuard; Thomas Hardjono, Verisign; M.
> Paramasivam, Microsoft; David Parrott, Reuters; and Hari Reddy,
> ContentGuard.
> The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS
> TC Process
> (see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is
> appended to
> this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of
> purpose, list
> of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's
> charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified
> (revised) by
> the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as
> submissions
> of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning
> of technical
> discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.
> To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee
> of an OASIS
> member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC
> chair, Hari Reddy (hari.redy@contentguard.com), of your intent to
> participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3)
> participate in the first meeting on 21 May 2002. You should also
> subscribe to the TC's discussion list. Note that membership
> in OASIS TCs
> is by individual, and not by organization. You must be eligible for
> participation at the time you time you notify the chair.
> The private mail list rights@lists.oasis-open.org is for committee
> discussions. TC members as well as any other interested OASIS members
> should subscribe to the list by going to the mail list web page at
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl, or by sending a message to
> rights-request@lists.oasis-open.org with the word "subscribe" as the
> body of the message. (Note that subscribing to the mail list does not
> make you a member of the TC; to become a member you must
> contact the TC
> chair as described in the preceeding paragraph.)
> A public comment list rights-comment@lists.oasis-open.org will be
> available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; the
> public may subscribe to this list by going to the mail list
> web page at
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl, or by sending a message to
> rights-comment-request@lists.oasis-open.org with the word
> "subscribe" as
> the body of the message.
> The archives of both of these mail lists are visible to the public at
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/
> </karl>
> =================================================================
> Karl F. Best
> OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
> +1 978.667.5115 x206
> karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org
> Name
> The name of this technical committee shall be the OASIS
> Rights Language
> Technical Committee.
> Technical Committee Purpose
> The Internet has spawned a revolution in how content is
> distributed and
> services are accessed.  This has fueled the development of
> technologies
> to manage, secure, control, and automate the flow of content and the
> access to services over the Internet, as well as other digital
> distribution techniques. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the common
> term collectively associated with such technologies. If we
> consider the
> DRM lifecycle or workflow for digital content and services,
> we see that
> the exchange of rights and conditions information is required between
> the entities in the workflow or at each step of the lifecycle. We also
> realize that expressing rights can be simple or very complex depending
> upon the requirements of the entire workflow and business models.
> Thus, a common standard rights language that can be shared among the
> participants in this digital workflow is required.  This common rights
> language will facilitate the interoperability of the systems
> that manage
> the creation, distribution and consumption of these digital works and
> services.  It will also be an integral tool in declaring and
> implementing trust and authentication mechanisms.
> The need for a standard rights language has been recognized
> in a number
> of organizations that develop technical standards for
> different types of
> content in many different domains.  For example;
> * Open eBook Forum – eBooks
> * MPEG – multimedia content
> * TV Anytime – multimedia content in a specific domain
> * Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) – multimedia content in a specific
> domain
> * PRISM – periodical print publishing
> * Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers – Digital Cinema
> * NewsML – news agency content, print publishing
> Additionally, fields such as healthcare (HIPPA compliance)
> and financial
> services (SEC regulations compliance) have now recognized the need for
> the ability to express usage and access rights for documents, records
> and services.
> However, typically each is focused on a specific market or media type.
> None have addressed the need for interoperability of the
> components that
> manage the creation, distribution and consumption of this content from
> one system to a different system within and across these different
> domains.  OASIS has the broad membership base, open
> development process
> and neutrality as to content type or format that make it the logical
> home for the development, maintenance and promotion of a broadly
> applicable standard rights language.
> The purpose of this TC is to:
> 1. Continue work previously done by ContentGuard, Inc. on
> XrML to define
> the industry standard for a rights language that supports a
> wide variety
> of business models and has an architecture that provides the
> flexibility
> to address the needs of the diverse communities that have
> recognized the
> need for a rights language. The language needs to continue to be:
> - Comprehensive: Capable of expressing simple and complex rights
> - Generic: Capable of describing rights for any type of
> digital content
> or service
> - Precise: Communicates precise meaning to all components of
> the system
> - Interoperable: Comprehends it is part of a tightly integrated system
> - Agnostic: To platform, media type or format
> 2. Define a governance and language extension development process for
> the language that comprehends maintaining an evergreen language while
> minimizing the impact of change on all market participants.
> 3. Define the relationship with other complementary standards efforts
> within OASIS (e.g. SAML).  Liaison with standards bodies external to
> OASIS that are working on complementary technologies
> (security, PKI, web
> services)
> 4. Define relationship and establish liaisons with standards
> bodies that
> have identified the need for a rights language.  This activity will
> promote the maintenance of a Core architecture that provides the basis
> for interoperability across different content domains as well
> as broader
> applicability of the tools and applications that create and consume
> rights expressions.
> ContentGuard will submit the eXtensible rights Markup
> Language™ (XrML™)
> Version 2.0 at the initial meeting of the TC. ContentGuard has
> copyrights to the XrML 2.0 specification and schema
> (including previous
> releases) along with a trademark on the name "XrML". ContentGuard also
> owns US Patents 5,638,443, 5,634,012, 5,715,403, and 5,629,980 which
> have claims that may necessarily be infringed by the use of the
> contribution. ContentGuard will grant OASIS permission to use the
> trademark "XrML" for the use of the TC and associated promotion and
> marketing. ContentGuard’s contribution will be submitted with the
> following intellectual property rights statement: "ContentGuard agrees
> to offer a license, on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, to use
> any patent claim of US Patents 5,638,443, 5,634,012, 5,715,403, and
> 5,629,980 and which is necessarily infringed by the use of the
> contribution."
> Relationship to Existing OASIS TCs
> We would anticipate developing relationships with the following OASIS
> TCs:
> * Security Services TC: XrML and SAML complement each other, in the
> sense that one can implement systems that interpret XrML expressions
> using the SAML framework.
> * Access Control Markup Language TC: While XrML and XACML are closely
> related in terms of controlling resource access and usage,
> the scope of
> their applicability is very different.
> * ebXML TCs: Given the potential applications for XrML in modeling
> contractual relationships, there are potential synergies between the
> ebXML and Rights Language TCs.
> Proposed list of Deliverables
> The primary deliverables of the Rights Language TC will be:
> 1. To release the rights language Schema with supporting
> implementation
> information.
> 2. To develop and execute governance process for managing the
> continuing
> improvements to the language.
> 3. To provide liaisons to other complementary standards bodies.
> 4. Policies defining the creation of extensions to the language
> 5. Definition of a subset or mapping of the rights language for mobile
> consumer electronic devices.
> 6. Definition of common methods for integration of the rights language
> with metadata standards, content/service identification standards, and
> content referencing standards.
> 7. Definition of common methods for integration of the rights language
> with authentication, crypto and PKI standards for econtent
> distribution
> and for web services.
> The deliverables will be accomplished in 3 Phases:
> Phase 1: Requirements Gathering and TC Structure Development
> (3 months)
> Enhance language specification taking requirements from other
> standards
> initiatives and content/web service value chain participants such as
> content/web service owners, technology providers, and service
> providers.
> Develop Governance Process for management of the language.
> Phase 2: Language Development & Initial Language Release (3 months)
> Develop use cases and scenarios. Develop integration models to other
> standards initiatives. Develop sample value chain models employing
> various features of the language. Develop/release working draft of the
> language for review.  Release the language with supporting
> implementation information and guides based on feedback.
> Phase 3: Evergreen Process - ongoing. Develop/execute process for
> continuous improvement of the language based upon guidelines developed
> in Phase 1. Continue to provide liaisons to complementary standards
> initiatives.
> Based on the above tentative schedule, the goal is to release
> the rights
> language (Phase 2) 6 months from the start of the TC.  During Phases
> 1-3, initiatives such as interoperability guides and test suites to
> assist in deployments will be developed/released.
> Language in which the TC will conduct business
> English
> Date and time of first meeting
> The initial face to face meeting is scheduled for May 21, 2002 in
> Bethesda, Maryland at the ContentGuard offices.
> Meeting schedule for the first year following the formation of the TC
> Bi-weekly conference calls; Quarterly face-to-face meetings.
> Names, affiliation, and electronic mail addresses of persons
> eligible to
> participate in a TC and committed to the meeting schedule and purpose:
> Thomas DeMartini, ContentGuard, thomas.demartini@contentguard.com
> John Erickson, Hewlett Packard, john_erickson@hpl.hp.com
> Brad Gandee, ContentGuard, brad.gandee@contentguard.com
> Thomas Hardjono, Verisign, thardjono@verisign.com
> M. Paramasivam, Microsoft, parama@microsoft.com
> David Parrott, Reuters, David.Parrott@reuters.com
> Hari Reddy, ContentGuard, hari.reddy@contentguard.com
> Chair
> The TC chair will be Hari Reddy, ContentGuard.
> Meeting Sponsors
> Meeting sponsor is Hari Reddy, ContentGuard


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