The concept of Digital Rights Management (DRM) denotes the set of technologies and methods that aims (1) to enforce copyright, (2) to control access to and use of digital media, and (3) to enable new business models. In this lecture we will give an overview of the historical and technical development of DRM up to its current status as a ubiquitous ingredient in digital media delivery. With that as background we are able to sketch the various technical, legal, and social problems that might or might not lead to the downfall of DRM.
Reception to follow in 1005 Beckman.
Ton Kalker is a senior researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and a faculty member at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His primary technical interests are in the area of media security, including watermarking, robust hashing, homomorphic encryption, and Digital Rights Management. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.