Disney OKs Microsoft DRM

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Microsoft Corp. said it signed a nonexclusive deal with The Walt Disney Co. that will allow the studio to use the software giant’s "Windows Media DRM" technology for future digital applications.

The two companies said they will work on creating secure delivery systems for high-resolution content and on increasing digital-content flow to consumers and between consumer devices.

"The continuing migration of content from analog to digital formats has exciting implications for both consumers and content owners, and we believe this agreement will accelerate this evolution and bring about a vibrant market for legitimate, high-quality entertainment delivered to new categories of end-user devices, such as personal media players and home-media-center PCs," Disney senior executive vice president and chief strategic officer Peter Murphy said in a prepared statement.

Microsoft announced a similar deal with Time Warner Inc. last year.

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