2nd International IEEE Conference on Communication System Software and Middleware

Research Article

Middleware Services for DRM

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/COMSWA.2007.382563,
        author={Pramod A. Jamkhedkar and Gregory L. Heileman and Ivan Martinez-Ortiz},
        title={Middleware Services for DRM},
        proceedings={2nd International IEEE Conference on Communication System Software and Middleware},
        keywords={Application software  Computer industry  Content management  Cryptography  Distributed computing  Engineering management  Middleware  Prototypes  Robustness  Web and internet services},
  • Pramod A. Jamkhedkar
    Gregory L. Heileman
    Ivan Martinez-Ortiz
    Year: 2007
    Middleware Services for DRM
    DOI: 10.1109/COMSWA.2007.382563
Pramod A. Jamkhedkar1,*, Gregory L. Heileman1,*, Ivan Martinez-Ortiz2,*
  • 1: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA
  • 2: Centro de Estudios Superiores Felipe II, Aranjuez, Madrid 28300, Spain
*Contact email: pramod54@ece.unm.edu, heileman@ece.unm.edu, imartinez@cesfelipesegundo.com


Lack of generic digital rights management applications has stunted the growth of the media distribution industry. In this paper we point out the need for middleware services required to develop digital rights management (DRM) applications. Many functionalities are common to most DRM applications and by nature are highly distributed. Standalone DRM applications have found it difficult to implement these services in an efficient manner and have led to closed solutions with limited capabilities. This paper categorizes these functions with reference to a layered DRM framework as middleware services. The characteristics and interface of each of these services is defined along with a prototype implementation of an agent-based negotiations service.