InterTrust and Fraunhofer IIS Announce Alliance
Music and Multimedia Rights Management Solutions for the Internet, DVD and CDs
SUNNYVALE, CA and ERLANGEN, GERMANY – February 2 InterTrust Technologies Corporation, the MetaTrust UtilityTM, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (Fraunhofer IIS) of Erlangen, Germany, announced a strategic alliance to provide rights management and protection solutions for music and multimedia content over the Internet, DVD, CD-ROM and other media.
Fraunhofer IIS and InterTrust® will work together to establish InterTrust’s MetaTrustTM technologies and services as the preferred digital rights management platform for appropriate applications using Fraunhofer IIS-developed
formats, such as the MP3 and AAC music formats.
„InterTrust’s rights management technology provides a multi-vendor, interoperable system for persistently
securing content and managing its use and usage consequences. It is the most powerful rights management
technology, and the only rights system not requiring interaction with central servers,“ said Dr. Karlheinz
Brandenburg, head of department, Multimedia, at Fraunhofer IIS.“ InterTrust technology complements our broad
suite of high-fidelity, low bitrate codecs.“
„Both InterTrust and Fraunhofer IIS have developed advanced and fundamentally important technology and intellectual property through diligent research,“ said Victor Shear, chairman and CEO of InterTrust. „The InterTrust/Fraunhofer IIS alliance will produce solutions that enable music and multimedia content businesses to exploit electronic commerce to the fullest.“
„Together, we can produce a set of technologies that enable flexible, responsive and creative business models that support the rights and interests of stakeholders and consumers, including privacy and individual freedom of action,“ said Shear.
InterTrust Technologies Corporation, the MetaTrust Utility, provides a unique, interoperable, trusted and secure
foundation for electronic commerce. InterTrust software products and services enable the efficient sale,
fulfillment and protection of digital content over any digital media, including the Internet, DVD and future
commerce appliances. InterTrust technology also serves as a foundation for many other forms of trusted commercial interaction.
MetaTrust Utility core partners include Mitsubishi Corporation, National Westminster Bank Plc. and Rights
Exchange, Inc. (formerly SoftBank Net Solutions). Systems integration partners include Computacenter (UK) Ltd.
and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
InterTrust’s Strategic Technologies and Architectural Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) is the world’s first
computer laboratory whose primary focus is electronic commerce and digital rights management. Founded in
1990, InterTrust is a privately held company with a staff of over 125, and has offices in Sunnyvale, California,
New York City, Washington, D.C., and the United Kingdom.
Fraunhofer IIS is the leading research laboratory in the area of audio coding. Since the start of the audio coding
work 10 years ago, Fraunhofer IIS has participated actively in the development of audio compression algorithms.
Major parts of MPEG-1 Layer-3 (MP3), the most popular audio format on the Internet, have been devised at its
headquarters in Erlangen, Germany.
The MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) algorithm, which is the most efficient coding algorithm currently
available, was also developed in cooperation with experts from Fraunhofer IIS: AAC offers a 16 fold data
reduction while maintaining CD quality.
In addition to audio coding technology, Fraunhofer IIS is also working on data-hiding technologies for use in
watermarking and fingerprinting systems. Fraunhofer IIS is also active in international efforts to develop methods
to technically manage and protect intellectual property, including the MPEG-4 work on Intellectual Property
Management & Protection (IPMP), the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) activities on „Internet Audio Delivery
Systems“ and the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) being initiated by the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA), the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) and the International Federation of the
Phonographic Industries (IFPI). For further information see http://www.iis.fhg.de/amm/
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