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Next generation DRM: cryptography or forensics?
Author(s): Arnaud Robert
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Paper Abstract

Current content protection systems rely primarily on applied cryptographic techniques but there is an increased use of forensic solutions in images, music and video distribution alike. The two approaches differ significantly, both in terms of technology and in terms of strategy, and thus it begs the question: will one approach take over in the long run, and if so which one? Discussing the evolution of both cryptographic and forensic solutions, we conclude that neither approach is ideal for all constituents, and that in the video space at least they will continue to co-exist for the foreseeable future - even if this may not be the case for other media types. We also analyze shortcomings of these approaches, and suggest that new solutions are necessary in this still emerging marketplace.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7254, Media Forensics and Security, 72540P (4 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815047
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Arnaud Robert, The Walt Disney Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7254:
Media Forensics and Security
Edward J. Delp; Jana Dittmann; Nasir D. Memon; Ping Wah Wong, Editor(s)

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