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Securing digital rights

An innovative technology for protecting text content against illegal copying and can be applied to any data format has been developed.
Securing digital rights
Peer-to-peer piracy over the Internet is a widespread problem resulting in the illegal downloading of millions of documents daily. A way to control piracy is the restriction of content usage by users according to providers' terms. Digital Rights Management (DRM) Systems do just that by protecting the copyright of text and specifying user limitations and rights regarding protected material.

All existing DRM systems have been cracked by hackers through the use of automatic breaks. Furthermore such breaks are available on the Internet, meaning that millions of users are illegally copying content for free.

In light of all this, the newly developed technology enables content providers to preserve and expand their revenues despite illegitimate distribution of files. Through such a technology content owners are able to determine and lessen the damages that result from piracy.

Unlike other encryption-based DRM systems it can protect every text file for each user separately as well as the rights for which the user has paid. Such rights may include active time period or number of runs. Besides these innovative aspects, the technology has other advantages such as cross-platform compatibility and easy maintenance to name a few.

Industrial partners interested in using the technology for Internet document distribution in need of expiration date and copy protection are sought.
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