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High level protection of digital content

A novel technology allows enhanced protection of digital content of any data format against mass piracy.
High level protection of digital content
The ever increasing problem of peer-to-peer traffic has led content providers to establish terms of usage on which users agree and pay for. Most digital rights management systems offer protection of copyrights by specifying restrictions and user rights on a protected content. Yet, they may be easily broken by hackers who employ universal hacks that can be easily applied to any content file. Most importantly, such hacks can easily be found on the Internet and are accessible by millions of users.

Unlike traditional encryption-based digital rights management systems, a newly developed technology offers protection of each user and paid rights, for instance active time period or number of runs. Thereby, even if an experienced hacker succeeds in breaking a specific content file, it would be difficult to break another one, as each file is protected differently. Additionally, once user rights' time limit expires, the content 'vanishes' from the user's device. Hence, content providers will be able to minimise revenue losses as only an small number of their files will be improperly distributed.

The innovative technology is compatible with different end-user devices including PC, cell phone, PDA and set-up box. Maintenance is conducted only on a server side without any requirements on programme re-installation at users' devices. There are increased possibilities for on-the-fly additions, such as advertisements and customisation services including translation. Content owners or resellers and Internet service providers are sought for further collaborations.
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