Disney To License Microsoft's DRM Software

Microsoft and Walt Disney Co. announced a multi-year agreement to cooperate on several long-term digital media initiatives to improve the quality, security and reach of digital content within the home, Windows XP-based PCs and home and portable entertainment devices.

Disney will license Microsoft Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) as part of the deal, and the companies have identified three areas of joint focus that utilize the technology: creation and secure delivery of digital content; acceleration of digital content flow to consumers; and ensuring flow of content between devices. Microsoft's senior vice president of Windows Client Business said the "shared goal" is to ensure that consumers will have access to content on different devices without having to worry about compatibility.