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Digital rights management for digital cinema
Author(s): Darko Kirovski; Marcus Peinado; Fabien A. P. Petitcolas
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Paper Abstract

There is a wide consensus among the feature film production studios that the Internet era brings a new paradigm for film distribution to cinemas worldwide. The benefits of digital cinema to both producers and cinemas are numerous: significantly lower distribution and maintenance costs, immediate access to film libraries, higher presentation quality, and strong potential for developing new business models. Despite these advantages, the studios are still reluctant to jump into the digital age. The main showstopper for digital cinema is the danger of widespread piracy. Piracy already costs Hollywood an estimated two billion dollars annually and digital cinema without proper copyright enforcement could increase this number. In this paper, we present a copyright management system that aims at providing the set of necessary security tools: standard cryptographic primitives and copyright protection mechanisms that enable a reliable and secure feature film delivery system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 December 2001
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 4472, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXIV, (7 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449745
Show Author Affiliations
Darko Kirovski, Microsoft Research (United Kingdom)
Marcus Peinado, Microsoft Corp. (United States)
Fabien A. P. Petitcolas, Microsoft Research (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4472:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXIV
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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