History of Music on the Internet
- A Case Study
Secure Digital Music Initiative
Future of Music on the Internet
© Karl Heery, Trinity College Dublin, 2000
develop the voluntary, open framework for playing, storing and distributing
digital music necessary to enable a new market to emerge. SDMI is working
on two tracks -
The first has already produced a standard, or specification,
for portable devices.
The longer-term effort is working toward completion
of an overall architecture for delivery of digital music in all forms.
work is based on the core principles that copyrights should be respected
and that those who wish to do so should be able to use unprotected formats.
This flexible approach will enable a new market that works for consumers,
artists, manufacturers and content providers.
consumers to access and enjoy music in new ways, while ensuring interoperability
among digital products and services so as to enhance the consumerís listening
experience. The specification will protect copyrighted music in all existing
and emerging digital formats and through all delivery channels.
The story & forces behind SDMI
The reasons why SDMI is needed
The initial development and structure of SDMI
A word from the Executive Director
The 2 Phase technology adopted by SDMI
The Public Challenge & Response Evaluation
The published Design Specification
Is SDMI welcome by the general public, experts, hackers?
Boycott of the public challenge
The "Fair Use" issue
Given general public opinion, what is the future prognosis for SDMI?
Will it take off?
What are the deciding factors of this?
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