Industry group pimps next-gen content spec

A group of technology and entertainment giants have banded together to form the Advanced Access Content System License Administrator (AACS LA). Here's a snipped from the group's introductory press release:
LOS ANGELES, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Sony, Toshiba, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Studios today announced the formation of Advanced Access Content System License Administrator (AACS LA), a cross-industry effort that develops, promotes and licenses technology designed to enhance digital entertainment experiences. This technology will facilitate the ability to enjoy exciting, new, flexible entertainment experiences for consumers in stand-alone, networked home and portable devices.
The AACS LA is developing a specification for next-gen video content that will allow users to make "authorized recordings" and transfer content to portable devices. There are no details on what will constitute an "authorized recording," but one would hope that provisions are being made for backup copies and reasonable fair use practices.
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