Multimedia Systems

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 228–238 | Cite as

Digital rights management for digital cinema

  • Marcus Peinado
  • Fabien A.P. Petitcolas
  • Darko Kirovski
Original Paper

Abstract.

There is a wide consensus among 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. An important concern regarding digital and conventional 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.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus Peinado
    • 1
  • Fabien A.P. Petitcolas
    • 2
  • Darko Kirovski
    • 2
  1. 1.Microsoft
  2. 2.Microsoft Research

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