URM - Usage Rights Management

For some time now, the music industry has been abstaining from employing DRM copy protection measures. On the other hand, this does not mean that users are now allowed to do whatever they want with their music files. What users may do with their files is defined by the vendor's terms and conditions as well as by copyright law.

URM is the umbrella term for tools that allow users to manage the usage rights of their music files as well as other virtual goods. The URM media library shows the legal status of the corresponding file at first glance (legal or illegal source, usage allowed or forbidden).
URM is an open environment that employs user-generated ODRL licenses for saving rights information. Due to its openness, URM allows for various extensions, for instance license-aware P2P networking or CD ripping. URM is not limited to digital music (e.g. MP3), but can be extended to support virtually any file type.

URM was created within the project "SOAVIWA: A service-oriented protection of virtual goods" and is funded by the "Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation".

Project partners: The ODRL Initiative
Keywords: DRM; digital rights management; ODRL; usage rights; copyright law; MP3, digital music