from the which-cup-is-under-which-ball dept.
tuxlove writes "Reuters is reporting that Philips and Sony Corp, the parents
of the compact disc, teamed up on Wednesday to buy InterTrust Technologies
for $453 million -- a deal expected to speed up copyright security for
The acquisition by Philips Electronics and Sony of the leading U.S.-based
holder of intellectual property in the field of 'digital rights management'
technology is widely seen as a way to prevent Microsoft, which has been
embroiled in a legal battle with InterTrust, from grabbing control of the
potentially lucrative business.
Philips and Sony, the electronics giants who introduced the CD format 20
years ago, said the deal would enable secure distribution of content as more
films and music are sold over the Internet and other media in digital
"It says he made us all to be just like him. So if we're dumb, then god is
dumb, and maybe even a little ugly on the side."
-- Frank Zappa