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ABOUT CONTENT PROTECTION

Original copyrighted content is delivered to your home network from a number of sources. It may be transmitted via satellite, terrestrial, or cable systems or recorded on various formats of digital media—CD-ROMs, DVDs, and hard drives. To protect this content from unauthorized copying, a number of different technologies are being developed. The development of these protection technologies is driven by the movie industry, which fears that the proliferation of digital technologies will encourage people to illegally copy content. For instance, it is relatively easy to download a new movie from your cable operator's broadband network and use your in-home network to make several copies of this film. The level of content protection that is used in a home networking environment will largely depend on the type of person that is running the system. Table 18.1 categorizes the different levels of danger that are associated with people who actively copy digital content.

Table 18.1. Copyright Threats
Groups of People Threat to Content Revenue Streams
Casual copier Low—The individual may record a film on their VCR for personal viewing.
Hobbyist Relatively low—The individual may purchase or develop a device for storing Internet content.
Small-scale hacker High—Operates a bank of recording devices (e.g., DVD players, VCRs, and CD-ROM drives).
Professional pirate Very high—Well funded and very knowledgeable of the digital security systems.



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