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Top companies push mobile anti-piracy

Several top companies, including Nokia, Intel and Warner Bros., will work together to push anti-piracy technology.
/ Source: Reuters

Several top names in mobile phones, microchips and media — including Nokia, Intel Corp. and Warner Bros. — said on Monday they will work together to license an anti-piracy technology for sending movies and music to cell phones.

An organization formed by the companies will license to content providers, mobile phone companies and others an anti-piracy technology developed by the Open Mobile Alliance, an organization of 350 mobile technology companies, executives said.

The increasing speeds of mobile networks has boosted consumer demand for downloading music and movies on phones and handheld gadgets, though Hollywood and music studios remain wary of what could become another front in the battle against illegal file sharing.

Juha-Pekka Sipponen, the director of media player applications at Nokia, said licensing a broadly supported anti-piracy standard would promote wide adoption, in contrast with custom anti-piracy plans linked to a specific service or managed by a single company.

"It's paramountly important that you are able to transfer content between devices," Sipponen said. "That's one key benefit to open standards."

The group of companies said they have organized a group called the Content Management License Administrator, or CMLA, to license the anti-piracy technology.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., RealNetworks Inc. , Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. and UK-based mobile operator mm02 Plc. have also participated in the creation of the Content Management License Administrator, the group said in a statement. Warner Bros. is owned by Time Warner Inc.