Archive for April, 2008
DESCA* is a comprehensive, modular consortium agreement for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Initiated by key FP7 stakeholder groups, and co-developed with the FP community, it offers a reliable frame of reference which seeks to balance the interests of all of the main participant categories in FP research projects: large and small firms, universities, public research institutes and RTOs. You will find here a PowerPoint Presentation with the basic facts about DESCA.
The DVD-CCA is set to convene again in Los Angeles next week, where attendees presumably will learn whether the studios are still serious about including an anti-Kaleidescape amendment as part of the plan to introduce so-called managed copy for DVDs. For those joining us late, Kaleidescape makes high-end home media servers that let you transfer the contents of DVDs to a hard drive and then stream them over a home network. Although the Kaleidescape system does not circumvent the CSS encryption used on DVDs to prevent copying, and in fact is a CSS licensee, DVD-CCA sued anyway, claiming the CSS license does not permit the creation of permanent copies.
In the face of this clear statement, groups opposed to ratification of Open XML want to continue their harangue and tear down anyone who doesn’t agree with them. In doing so, they are insulting the thousands of people and entities that worked through this process with care and integrity. They are also fighting against the idea of choice among document formats and international control over this widely used document format.