Feeds

Chosen few to rake it in thanks to SDMI support

Aris watermarking technology costs up to $50,000 per year plus 25 per cent of gross revenues

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Everyone knows the digital music market is a licence to print money -- and none more so than the technology companies at the heart of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI). Take Aris, developer of the watermarking system to be incorporated into Phase One of the SDMI's specification for protecting music held on portable playback devices. According to the Aris licensing agreement obtained by online music retailer MP3.com, hardware manufacturers who wish to use the company's watermark decoding software will have to cough up $10,000 per year to do so. If the vendors also want access to Aris' source code, the licensing fee shoots up to $25,000. What's more, if they want encoding software, that's another $10,000 per year, rising to $25,000 for the encoder source code, and -- get this -- licensees have to hand over to Aris 25 per cent of gross revenues made through the sale of development tools. Anyone concerned they might need technical help with Aris' software will be pleased to know that it's included in the fee -- well, four hours' worth is, at any rate. And that's only for the first year -- after that, Aris will bill you at a rate of $100 per hour phone help or $1000 per day on-site support. Of course, to us mortals, all that sounds horrendous, but to the companies planning to flog solid-state Walkmans to a new generation of music buyers and/or music encoding software to the music industry, such monumental fees are just a small fraction of their total income. That said, vendors have rebelled against excessive technology licensing fees before -- witness the trouble Apple got itself into over its $1-per-port FireWire IP licence -- so Aris could be forced to rethink its pricing plan, not least because the watermarking technology won't be a pre-requisite for SDMI support until Phase Two comes in. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.