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OMA DRM Battle Rages On

The GSM Association has thrown the latest punch in the back-and-forth fight over the licensing fees for the OMA DRM standard, saying the revised terms offered by licensing firm MPEG LA are “still unacceptable”. The GSMA press release is an interesting bit of posturing — it says it’s received 14 proposals for alternate DRM solutions, […]

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Loose Ends

Bits and pieces from last week, mostly: – US mobile content rating system in the works: The trade group of US mobile operators wants to define a standardized content rating and filtering system, not only to make it that much more difficult for kids to see porn, but to also pave the way for them […]

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OMA DRM Rates Cut, But Maybe Not Enough

Following earlier criticism of the pricing scheme for the patents necessary for OMA DRM, MPEG LA said today is would cut the rates to 65 cents per handset (down from $1) and 25 cents per subscriber per year, instead of 1 percent of every transaction involving content with the DRM. The cuts represent some savings, […]

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OMA DRM Troubles Could Forestall Mobile Music Market

I posted something over at TheFeature about how mobile operators have joined handset vendors in objecting to the pricing of OMA DRM. This is a potentially significant development for the mobile music market, as OMA DRM 2.0 was supposed to unite the industry on a single DRM technology which would also cross over to PCs […]

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