Adobe Systems Incorporated and Xerox Corporation announced a strategic initiative to integrate Adobe PDF technology with Xerox ContentGuard rights management solution. This alliance will enable publishers to implement secure e-commerce of PDF documents, while allowing end-users to access these documents in the native Acrobat Reader. Adobe and Xerox will also jointly support the definition and promotion of an open standard for rights specification design around the needs of the publishing industry. Initial availability of this integration will be this fall, and offered as a free upgrade to existing ContentGuard customers. www.adobe.com. www.contentguard.com.

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