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IBC2004 to explore content protection history, technology, rationale

As television enters an era of digital HD delivery and display, the question of protecting the programming from piracy and illegal redistribution has never been greater.

In the music industry, “ripping” songs from CDs and peer-to-peer file exchanges, have put music labels in the unenviable position of suing members of the public, many of whom were customers, to protect their content rights.

Into this environment, the television and video industry steps at a time when the quality of its product is undergoing a revolutionary improvement.

This year’s IBC conference will devote an entire day to content protection Sept. 10.

Highlights of the content protection conference include:

  • History and Technology of Content Protection
  • , chaired by David Bancroft of Thomson in the UK. The program begins with an IEEE-organized tutorial on the history and technical considerations of content protection and security, including the history of security from Rome to now; the basics of math for encryption; AES encryption standard; and watermarking, fingerprinting and public key encryption.
  • The Rationale for Content Protection – The Content Owners’ Perspective.Content producers, owners and distributors will discuss the needs of their constituencies.
  • Business, Consumer and Regulatory Issues Surrounding Digital Rights Management, chaired by Edward Hobson of National TeleConsultants in the United States. New business models will emerge as a result of digital content distribution. This session will explore how digital distribution will impact the profits of producers, content owners and distributors as well as examine how consumers will benefit from more choices and the role of government regulation.

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