Microsoft to Publicly Preview New DRM Technology
UPDATED: Code-name 'Janus' DRM technology will make its official debut when Microsoft releases its latest Windows Media Player 10 beta.Microsoft Corp. is set to offer for download on Wednesday a "public preview" beta release of its Windows Media Player 10 technology. The biggest enhancement will be the new DRM (digital-rights-management) technology, code-named "Janus," that will be embedded inside. Microsoft announced the Janus code name in early May. At that time, it also pre-announced some of the new partners, including AOL, Disney, Napster and CinemaNow, which committed to adopt the Janus technology. But Microsoft declined to offer any more information at that time. At its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in May, however, executives with the Redmond, Wash., software vendor filled in more blanks.
Janus is the successor to the existing Windows Media Digital Rights Management technology. Unlike the current Windows Media DRM, Janus is designed to work across devicesas well as on the next-gen Windows Media Center systems due out later this yearand is custom-designed to support subscription music services (though it also supports other kinds of streaming audio/video content, as well). Janus includes a "secure clock" that is designed to time-out subscription content for which a customers license has expired.