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Interoperability of DRM Systems

Exchanging and Processing XML-based Rights Expressions

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Susanne Guth

The study deals with the cutting-edge subject of electronic contracts which have the potential to automatically process and control the access rights for (electronic) goods. It shows the design and the implementation of a rights expression exchange framework. The framework allows DRM systems to exchange electronic contracts, formulated in a standardized rights expression language, and thus provides DRM system interoperability. The work introduces a methodology for the standardized composition, exchange and processing of electronic contracts or rights expressions.
The Author: Susanne Guth received her degree in Information Systems from the University of Essen in 2000. She specialized in software techniques and production/operations management and studied at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina (USA) in 1997. Since 2000, she has been an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. For the last six years, her research focus has been on contract and rights management for digital goods. Since 2005, Susanne Guth has been working for a German mobile network operator and designs products in the field of content distribution and DRM. Susanne Guth is co-leading the ODRL initiative.