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Agent-based copyright protection architecture for online electronic publishing
Author(s): Xun Yi; S. Kitazawa; Ejii Okamoto; Xiao Feng Wang; KwokYan Lam; S. Tu
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Paper Abstract

Electronic publishing faces one major technical and economic challenge, i.e., how to prevent individuals from easily copying and illegally distributing electronic documents. Conventional cryptographic systems permit only valid key- holders access to encrypted data, but once such data is decrypted there is no way to track its reproduction or retransmission. Therefore, they provide little protection against data privacy, in which a publisher is confronted with unauthorized reproduction of information. In this paper, we explore the use of intelligent agent, digital watermark and cryptographic techniques to discourage the distribution of illegal electronic copies and propose an agent-based strategy to protect the copyright of on-line electronic publishing. In fact, it is impossible to develop an absolute secure copyright protection architecture for on-line electronic publishing which can prevent a malicious customer from spending a great deal of efforts on analyzing the software and finally obtaining the plaintext of the encrypted electronic document. Our work in this paper aims at making the value of analyzing agent and removing watermark to be much greater than that of the electronic document itself.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3657, Security and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents, (9 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344698
Show Author Affiliations
Xun Yi, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
S. Kitazawa, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Ejii Okamoto, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Xiao Feng Wang, National Univ. of Singapore (Japan)
KwokYan Lam, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
S. Tu, Univ. of New Orleans (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3657:
Security and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents
Ping Wah Wong; Edward J. Delp III, Editor(s)

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