Rosenblatt acknowledges, I pointed out in the article that RealNetworks withdrew sup port from XMCL
during the MPEG-21 competition for Rights Expression Languages in December 2001.
The XMCL initiative is an open XMLbased language designed to establish industrywide standards for Internet media commerce.
The XMCL initiative is supported by several technology and media companies, including Adobe Systems, America Online, Artesia Technologies, Bertelsmann, EMI Recorded Music, IBM, IFILM, InterTrust, MGM, Napster, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, Starz Encore Group, Sun Microsystems, Virage, and others.
By standardising the language for business rules, XMCL will enable content to be played in a way that is independent of codecs, digital rights management systems, and e-commerce systems.
The company intends to submit the XMCL proposal to the appropriate standards organisation, and will work with other industry leaders to ensure the initiative evolves into a widely accepted standard.
'With the XMCL initiative, RealNetworks and its partners are stepping up today to help define the standards that will drive this exciting market.'
Shen says that RealNetworks mends to incorporate XMCL
into its RealSystem Media Commerce Suite, though it hasn't yet done so.
and a host of other industry companies announced the eXtensible Media Commerce Language (XMCL
) initiative, an open XML-based language designed to establish industry-wide standards for Internet media commerce.