CMLA was developed with the overall objective of enabling a wide and trusted ecosystem for the distribution of premium digital content. The mobile phone industry standards body, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), developed a leading digital rights management technical specification called OMA DRM Version 2.0 in late 2004. CMLA was formed at the same time by four founding companies to develop and operate the trust system to enable commercialization of this technical specification. CMLA orchestrated an industry wide collaboration process that included premium content owners, mobile operators and service providers and manufacturers of digital devices to together develop the licensing structure and participation agreements for each of the stakeholder groups intending to use this CMLA-OMA trust ecosystem for distribution and playing of content.
Concurrent with the development of the trust legal structure, CMLA founders also developed the cryptographic public key infrastructure for creation of client and service certificates and also the online authentication responder for providing secure entry of user devices into the system. The full licensing authority and certificate delivery system was operational in 2005 to support the first implementers.
CMLA has operated this system at a steady and high capacity system since with recently having passed the milestone of delivering credentials enabling over one billion users. CMLA is operated with an objective of progressively reducing the cost of the trust function to content, service and client participants.
CMLA-OMA DRM is currently enabling Version 2.1.