Sun Microsystems has launched an initiative to try and get the IT industry to agree on common digital rights management (DRM) standards for the sharing of music, video and other data.
The company has launched its Open Media Commons and has put forward its own Dream (DRM everywhere available) solution as an open source solution for the DRM market.
Dream is available through Sun's Community Development and Distribution License, which is the same type of license which governs its OpenSolaris operating system.
Dream relies on Java software for managing video streams and is designed to allow different DRM systems to interoperate.
Sun’s initiative aim to overcome the problem some users face when they download music for instance.
Users often find that the music they have downloaded from one particular on-line store can not be played on alternative digital music players.
Apple uses its own DRM solution for its iPod devices, as does Microsoft with its Windows Media Player software.
So far, Sun hasn’t said which companies will join it in the open standards project.