"Group based secure exchange of content, independent of the content domain"
DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems provide a collection of technologies that enforce licensing of digital information and potentially balance the advantages for both content consumer and provider. DRM systems attempt to enforce the protection of the business value of intellectual property rights (IPR) associated with multimedia products or content in short. In general terms, the rights allow the owner of the intellectual property to exclusively enjoy the benefits which result from marketing of the content. From a functional perspective, this requires a controlled distribution and usage of content.
To control the replication and distribution of content, DRM systems are now device-based. In essence a device-based DRM solution restricts the usage of content to a limited number of devices. iTunes is a clear example of a device-based solution.
MESEC phase 1, 2
In the first MESEC project (phase 1) a person based DRM solution, based on OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) and the use of a SIM was developed that already gives the user much more freedom and flexibility. A user can access his OMA protected content everywhere and on any device. After having accomplished the person-based DRM solution for DRM-protected content, new challenges remain. Therefore, in this project (phase 2) we focus on three things:
(1) Validation of the MESEC services based on the person based DRM solution by performing user tests;
(2) Extending the solution to groups of users, for instance a family, to further enhance the 'fair-use' experience of users;
(3) Extending the solution to deal with content that is protected by different mechanisms. In particular we will look at the interoperability between Conditional Access mechanisms (as satellite television) and the MESEC DRM solution. In this way the user can rightfully enjoy the 'satellite content' on every device in his house.
"Enjoy all your content with family and friends everywhere and on any device"
The main goals of the project are:
- Home lab tests to obtain feedback from users concerning the MESEC services based on the person based DRM concept
- Simple user interaction design
- Creating a family (group) based DRM mechanism
- Creating a rightful rendering mechanism for content from different DRM domains, i.e. DRM Interoperability
Important industrial partners in Consumer Electronics and the Operator World.
Project Duration Phase 2
July 2006 - July 2008