Intertrust Technologies Corp. said it has begun shipping the third commercial release of its Commerce 1.2 software, which includes additional payment flexibility, cryptography at the 56-bit level allowed for export, and expanded server platform support to include Sun Solaris and Microsoft Windows NT 4.

The Intertrust system is designed for digital rights management, or DRM, programs being tested or deployed in music, business information, government, and other markets this year.

In addition to credit payments, consumers will now be able to fund an account in advance and purchase content against that fund at a later time, either on-line or off-line.

The payment mechanisms are an example of how Intertrust is "extending its DRM platform both to meet today's market needs and to optimize providers' and consumers' interests," said Andrew Farrow, head of commercial development at National Westminster Bank, an Intertrust "core partner." He said Natwest would "pursue large-scale consumer deployments in 1999" that take advantage of the additional payment options.

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