Introduction to Content Protection and Potential Government Roles by Isa Seow

Abstract: Movies and television are delivered to consumers using a wide variety of evolving methods including Digital Versatile Disks (DVDs), satellite, cable, terrestrial, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), web-based download, peer-to-peer downloads and mobile. Each time a movie or TV show is delivered it is as part of a particular business offer to a consumer. Content protection systems enforce these offers and ensure a healthy competitive distribution market for these programs that entertain and inform us. This paper presents an introduction to current worldwide content protection systems for motion pictures. Additionally, it suggests potential roles that government and industry associations can play in supporting content protection in Asia Pacific. Finally, the paper highlights the relevance of the Analog Hole problem which requires concerted government action to improve digital content distribution.

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