The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) industry group yesterday launched version 2.0 of its Digital Rights Management (DRM) specification to provide stronger access and copying protection for digital media content on mobile devices.

The new OMA DRM 2.0 adds protection features as well as improved support for device capabilities, audio and video rendering, streaming content and access to protected content using multiple devices.

The DRM system will be built in to mobile handsets to allow compliant devices to receive and play encrypted files, and should also work with devices using Wi-Fi networks, based on the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standards.

OMA DRM version 1.0, introduced in November 02, provided only basic protection for limited value content. While version 2.0 is designed to protect high-value content and enable new business models through its broader feature set, the organisation said.

Several OMA members announced plans for the creation of the Content Management License Administrator (CMLA), which intends to provide technology to help device makers and service providers create compatible products using the DRM 2.0 specification.

The CMLA will provide encryption keys and certificates to licensed device makers and service providers to ensure interoperability. The group plans to have agreements for device makers, service providers and content providers ready in early 2004, with a toolkit including encryption keys due by the end of the year, CMLA co-founder Nokia said in a separate statement.

The other companies involved with the CMLA are Intel, RealNetworks, O2, Warner Bros and Samsung. Others, including Motorola and Vodafone support the initiative.