Although digital watermarking can be considered one of the key technologies to implement the copyright protection of digital contents distributed on the Internet, most of the content distribution models based on watermarking protocols proposed in literature have been purposely designed for fixed networks and cannot be easily adapted to mobile networks. On the contrary, the use of mobile devices currently enables new types of services and business models, and this makes the development of new content distribution models for mobile environments strategic in the current scenario of the Internet. This paper presents and discusses a distribution model of watermarked digital contents for such environments able to achieve a trade-off between the needs of efficiency and security.
This paper presents and discusses a web oriented, interactive anonymous buyer-seller watermarking protocol. In particular, the protocol enables buyers who are neither provided with digital certificates issued by trusted certification authorities (CAs) nor able to autonomously perform security actions to purchase digital contents distributed by web content providers (CPs) while keeping their identities unexposed during web transactions. The protocol also allows guilty buyers, i.e. who are responsible distributors of illegal replicas, to be unambiguously identified. Finally, the protocol has been designed so that CPs can exploit copyright protection services supplied by web service providers (SPs) in a security context. Thus, CPs can take advantage of complex protection services without having to implement them.