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Day: April 1, 2002

OASIS Forms Technical Committee to Advance XML Rights Language

OASIS announced its members have formed the OASIS Rights Language Technical Committee to advance a common XML rights language standard for the DRM marketplace. Their work will provide a universal method for specifying and managing rights associated with all kinds of resources including digital content and web services. The OASIS specification will support a wide variety of
business models, expressing both simple and complex rights, and will promote interoperability between systems regardless of platform, media type or format. ContentGuard intends to submit its eXtensible rights Markup Language (XrML) to the 0ASIS Committee as a starting point for this work. XrML, recently selected as the base architecture for the MPEG-21 Rights Expression Language, can be used in content-centric as well as service-based business models. Members of the OASIS Rights Language Technical Committee include ContentGuard, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft, Reuters, VeriSign Inc., and other OASIS members. Participation remains open to all organizations and individuals interested in advancing a common rights language. www.oasis-open.org/join

SealedMedia Announces New Document Security Software

SealedMedia announced the latest release of its document security software. The new technology can seal Word, Excel and PowerPoint in addition to the standard media formats already supported: HTML, PDF, JPEG, GIF, MP3 and QuickTime. One of the key features of the SealedMedia software is that support for all these formats only requires the installation of a single, small browser plug-in on end user’s computers. SealedMedia’s architecture enables organizations to revoke end user access rights to sealed content at any time, regardless of where the sealed content is stored (it could be in a personal email inbox) and regardless of whether the end user was previously authorized to access it. This is useful, for example, when an employee leaves a company and is no longer authorized to access certain confidential or proprietary information. www.sealedmedia.com

FileNET to Acquire eGrail

FileNET Corp. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the core assets of privately held eGrail Inc. The purchase of eGrail is an all cash transaction valued at approximately $10 million. Effective immediately, the eGrail product line will be made available and supported through FileNET. eGrail’s Web Content Management system offers enterprise scalable capabilities that are easy-to-use, empowering authors across the enterprise to contribute to and manage Web site content dynamically. eGrail serves customers in numerous industries including communications, insurance, government, medical and publishing. www.filenet.com, www.egrail.com

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