The BONA FIDE broker architecture provides efficient and secure
handling of multimedia content, easy and secure content registration by
rights holders, flexible support of different licensing schemes and
automatic distribution of licensed content to producers. The technology
is being used to enhance the distribution of web-based educational
products and industrial training, and for the development of advanced
systems for use by web portals.
What is BONA FIDE?
BONA FIDE was developed to address major issues in multimedia rights
clearance, such as the availability of information about processes and
procedures for locating and clearing rights, the use of model legal
contracts and the availability of advanced multimedia storage and delivery
The pilot broker system is designed to store and distribute multimedia
content in a secure environment on behalf of rights holders and to allow
usage to be monitored. Producers and end users can search for, acquire and
pay for suitable content.
"The broker offers a level of security which cannot be supplied by Web
only solutions." explains project co-ordinator Nikos Achilleopoulos of
Archetypon SA. "It is an open system, which assumes the role of a reliable
intermediary in the content circulation chain. It provides automatic
distribution of multimedia content according to defined search profiles - a
middle layer offering fast, secure and transparent transactions without
the interaction complexities."
The BONA FIDE database currently contains several thousand
photographs, paintings and other images from the Giunti multimedia
catalogue, such as its art catalogues from the museums of Florence, but the
system is equally suited to the storage of audio files, moving images and
texts such as chapters of technical books.
How it Works
The BONA FIDE broker consists of two sub-systems covering Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) and Storage and Delivery. The IPR Clearance
Sub-system handles licensing and monitoring of the system content,
beginning with unique identification of each multimedia object, using the
International DOI Foundations (IDF) Digital Object Identifier scheme.
Each time an object is requested, the broker system informs the consumer of
options allowable for acquiring it within the available licensing schemes
of the rights holder. Following each successful transaction, information
about the scheme selected by the end user is passed back to the rights
owner. A monitoring service detects whether multimedia content has
undergone the BONA FIDE watermarking procedure or whether it is being used
illegally. The system also includes mechanisms for electronic
The Storage and Delivery sub-system includes the BONA FIDE database and a
number of related services providing for the digital storage of data and
their respective metadata information, delivery of content according to
contract, secured preview and advanced retrieval services, both interactive
and subscription based and enhanced indexing and searching capabilities.
Users may search by date, right holder, content type, categories ranging
from architecture to sculpture and key words. The material can either be
downloaded or sent by email.
Strong security mechanisms are applied to the exchange of sensitive
information between the BONA FIDE system and its user base.
What has been Achieved?
"From a technical point of view, we have succeeded in developing an
environment that fulfils all the objectives of the project," emphasises
Nikos Achilleopoulos. "the broker architecture enables rights holders to
make their work widely available, secure content registration, categorise
content and monitor usage of each file sold, while end users gain from an
easy to use and secure environment in which to receive their requested
The system has been presented to a wide range of audiences both privately
and at a number of conferences, exhibitions and workshops. Contacts have
included photographic libraries, image retrieval systems, financial,
manufacturing and service companies and vertical content marketplaces and
technical organisations. Discussions have also been held with other MMRCS
projects and with the COBWEB digital image management project being
undertaken by another of the Fraunhofer institutes, under the ECs Esprit
The project has received publicity in Italian weekly newspapers, including
an article in the weekly newspaper Il giornale delle Telecomunicazioni (in
1999) and another in Information Technology in January 2000. "Europe
presents the greatest potential in multimedia," wrote Giunti Marketing
Director Marco Bergometti. "BONA FIDE is perfectly aimed to contribute to
the transformation of Europes wealth in multimedia production towards an
open and healthy market."
Anaya plans to incorporate the technology into the distribution of some of
their other products, such as web-based education and electronic magazines.
Giunti will use it to enhance the exchange of multimedia content with
clients producing multimedia applications for professional markets and for
industrial training. Fraunhofer IGD plans to use it for commercial
exploitation of its research results, while Archetypon is applying it to
the development of advanced web mediation systems for use by web portals
aimed at various markets.
BONA FIDE and its interfaces were developed and integrated by Archetypon,
a technology provider specialising in e-commerce, multilingual software
engineering, multimedia solutions, localisation and software testing. The
Fraunhofer IGD Institutes expertise is in computer graphics related areas
of information technology and communications systems. They were responsible
for the development of the security aspects - confidentiality, integrity
and digital watermarking of multimedia material.
Content is provided from the catalogues of Giunti Multimedia, the
electronic publishing arm of the Giunti Publishing Group and by Anaya
Multimedia, a subsidiary of the Spanish publisher Anaya Group.
Archetypon S.A. Information Technologies
236 Sygrou Avenue
GR 17672 Athens
Giunti Multimedia SRL, Milan, Italy
Fraunhofer IGD Institute (FhG), Darmstadt, Germany
Anaya Multimedia SA (ANA), Madrid, Spain
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