Key Challenges in DRM: An Industry Perspective
Brian A. LaMacchia
The desires for robust digital rights management (DRM) systems are not new to
the commercial world. Indeed, industrial research, development and deployment of
systems with DRM aspects (most notably crude copy-control schemes) have a long
history. Yet to date the industry has not seen much commercial success from
shipping these systems on top of platforms that support general-purpose
computing. There are many factors contributing to this lack of acceptance of
current DRM systems, but I see three specific areas of work that are key
adoption blockers today and ripe for further academic and commercial research.
The lack of a general-purpose rights expression/authorization language, robust
trust management engines and attestable trusted computing bases (TCBs) all
hamper industrial development and deployment of DRM systems for digital content.
In this paper I briefly describe each of these challenges, provide examples of
how the industry is approaching each problem, and discuss how the solutions to
each one of them are dependent on the others.
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