Sony has introduce new DRM (digital rights management) technology that protects content on a range of devices, and also allows usage conditions to be placed on the content by the distributor.

The technology, called OpenMG X, will be introduced onto content delivery services imminently, for example Sony’s Pressplay website is looking into using it.

OpenMG X consists of three parts. An encoding module, adds DRM information, such as how many times or for how long the content can be played. A server module then distributes this data on content to users, while the third module can be used to develop compatible applications.

Sony believes the technology will be incorporated into a variety of products including mobile phones, portable audio player and PS2 games consoles — and since it makes all three we are pretty sure it is right.