SDMI Issues New Technology Goals

Coalition of music and technology groups looks to next step in creating copy-protection standards.

The group of music and technology companies working to create copy-protection standards for online music released its latest set of technological goals for future portable players Monday (Dec. 6), a spokesperson for the group said. Earlier this year, the Secure Digital Music Initiative developed a plan in which upcoming "secure" players — future versions of current MP3 players such as the Diamond Rio and RCA Lyra — would be released in two phases. The new goals say that Phase 2 digital music players must be able to recognize pirated music and mark authorized music with new information, including how many copies of a song are allowed to be made. SDMI is expected to ask companies to propose technology for implementing the Phase 2 goals soon. (SonicNet's parent company MTV Networks Online owns a stake in Rio developer RioPort.)