Ann Arbor, MI (September 14, 2005)–Internet2, the U.S. advanced networking consortium led by the research and higher education community, has announced that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) joined Internet2 as corporate members. Both the MPAA and RIAA plan to collaborate with the Internet2 community to consider innovative content distribution and digital rights management technologies, and to study emerging trends on high-performance networks to enable future business models.
“Internet2 networking is an incredibly exciting tool for researchers, technologists and many others interested in developing new technologies, policies and business models for the next generation. Its value now and potential in the future are extraordinary, and we are very pleased to join this diverse community,” said Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA. “We look forward to collaborative work with a broad spectrum of Internet2’s members to develop new technologies that will enable us to produce and distribute digital content over next generation networks in ways that protect and enhance the value of creative works.”
One of the prime values of the advanced network infrastructure the Internet2 community has deployed is that it reportedly represents “the leading-edge of Internet technology and therefore provides a window into the potential of the future of the Internet.” Internet2 provides MPAA and RIAA an innovative testbed for examining future networking and secure distribution capabilities not possible on today’s commercial Internet. The associations are reviewing the working groups and special interest groups within the Internet2 framework to determine the best opportunities for collaboration.
Dan Glickman, president of MPAA said, “The movie industry is committed to working with the technology sector to find innovative new ways to deliver entertainment to consumers. The MPAA views this partnership with Internet2 as an important opportunity for collaboration as we seek to link new delivery models with content protection. The MPAA and its member companies have a wide-range of expertise in both areas, and I believe we can add a positive, constructive perspective to the excellent work of Internet2.”
Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2, added, “Internet2 provides the MPAA and the RIAA with unique access to the research and education community, which shares its interest in developing secure leading-edge content distribution technologies. Together with the RIAA and MPAA, the Internet2 community is leading the way in helping to shape new business models for the future of the music and movie industries as consumers and businesses alike continue to rapidly adopt Internet technologies to receive these products and services.”