Cryptographers to Hollywood: prepare to fail on DRM

Friday, 18 February 2005, 1:01 AM EST

Movie industry representatives at RSA 2005 in San Francisco today called on the IT industry in thwarting illegal file sharing before the problem threatened its revenues. But they were told that they must recognise the limitations of digital rights management their fight against digital piracy.

Speaking on the RSA conference panel Hollywood's Last Chance - Getting it Right on Digital Piracy, Carter Laren, security architect at Cryptographic Research, noted that cryptography is "good at some problems, such as transmitting data so it can't be eavesdropped or even authentication, but it can't solve the content protection problem. If people have legitimate access to content, then you can't stop them misusing it.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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