The Digital Media Manifesto



L. Chiariglione


Revised version of "Draft Purpose, organisation and work plan of DMP"





The Digital Media Project (DMP) is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to promote continuing successful development, deployment and use of Digital Media that respect the rights of creators and rights holders to exploit their works, the wish of end users to fully enjoy the benefits of Digital Media and the interests of various value-chain players to provide products and services according to the principles laid down in the Digital Media Manifesto.

Digital Media includes new emerging experiences made possible by Information and Communication Technologies along with mainstream media experiences such as Compact Disc, Digital Versatile Disc, Digital Audio Broadcasting and Digital Television.

DMP operates on the basis of open international collaboration of all interested parties: corporations and individual firms, partnerships, governmental bodies or international organisations, supporting the DMP mission and the means to achieve its goals. A yearly fee is set every year to a level adequate to reach the goals set for that year. DMP seeks the involvement of creators and end users of Digital Media through appropriate mechanisms.

The goals of DMP are realised through the development of specifications and recommended practices enabling businesses that support new user experiences, and recommendations to appropriate entities to act on removal of barriers holding up exploitation of Digital Media. There is no obligation, however, for DMP members to implement or use specific technology standards or recommendations because of their participation in DMP.

DMP contributes the results of its activities to appropriate formal standards bodies and other appropriate entities whenever this is instrumental to achieve the general DMP goals.


DMP has the following organisational structure

The purpose of DCs is to carry out the work leading to Technical Specifications (TS), Recommended Practices (RP) and Recommended Actions (RA), collectively called DMP Approved Documents (AD). Their number and mandate depend on the specific goals DMP will give to itself from time to time to achieve its mission.

In the DMP initial phase the following four areas of work, assigned to 4 DCs, are identified (MA= Major Actions, RQ=Requirements):








End-to-end conformance


Develop RQ for DC2



Develop RP for legal, business and technical conformance across the value chain



Interoperable DRM platforms


Develop TS of interfaces between DRM components, including end user devices



Develop RP for end-user device human-machine nterfaces



DM policies


Develop RA on how phasing out of levy could/should be linked to deployment of DRM (as per DC1 and DC2 output)



Develop RA based on scenarios analysis of broadband access deployment dependence on legislation, and type and importance of DM services (as per DC1 and DC2 output)



Sustainable innovation


Develop RA on how innovation can sustain itself, specifically
- improvement of workflow of standards development and utilisation


Note: DC2 is likely to be a large DC because of the number of issues to be addressed and may have to be split in two to keep it manageable.

Work plan

The work plan assumes that by 2004/01/01

  1. The DMP has been formally established (current proposal is for incorporation to be executed on 2003/12/01)
  2. An interim Board of Directors is in place (interim Directors will be selected among those attending the Statutes signing ceremony)
  3. A draft work plan has been prepared (of which this document is a first draft)
  4. A draft organisation of Developing Committees (of which this document is a first draft) has been agreed
  5. A sufficient number of members representing a sufficient range of industries has been assembled.

GAs will be held every 3 months. They are numbered as GAn (n=1, 2, ...).

DCs can have separate meetings from GA as they determine. However, they should meet concurrently with the GA when this holds a meeting.

The table below describes the work and outputs of the first 8 GAs. GA1 should be convened in the second half of January 2004.

  1. Elect/endorse Directors
  2. Elect President
  3. Elect Advisory Committee (AC) members
  4. Approve the 2004 workplan and a provisional 2005 workplan
  5. Set up Development Committees (DC)
  6. Approve Procedures of Work
  7. Start (preparatory) work in all DCs

Issue Calls for Proposals (CfP) on

# Subject Purpose
1. Traditional rights and usages enjoyed by end-users provide adequate input for the work of DC1
2. Levies provide adequate input to DC3
3. Broadband access provide adequate input to DC3
4. Standards development workflow provide adequate input to DC4
5. End-to-end conformance provide adequate input for the work of DC1
  1. Process responses to CfPs
  2. Start AD development work of DC1, DC3 and DC4
  3. Issue CfP on interoperable DRM platforms
  4. Issue CfP on interoperable end-user devices
  5. Issue CfP on user interfaces
  1. Process responses to CfPs
  2. Start AD development work of DC2
  3. Produce interim documents:
    • DRM requirements
    • Report on Blank media levy phase out
    • Report on Broadband access
    • Report on Sustainable innovation
  4. Approve the 2005 work plan and the provisional 2006 work plan
GA5 Continue development of ADs 2005/01
  1. Continue development of ADs
  2. Approve and publish
    • RA on blank media levy phase out
    • RA on broadband access
    • RA on sustainable innovation
  Continue development of ADs 2005/07
  1. Approve and publish
    • TS for interoperable DRM
    • TS for interoperable end user devices
    • TS for interoperable end user devices
    • RP for end-to-end conformance
    • RP for human-machine interfaces for end-user devices
  2. Approve the 2006 work plan and the provisional 2007 work plan