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Copyright ACM 2004. This is the author version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version of the article was published as: Safavi-Naini, R, Sheppard, NP & Uehara, T, Import/Export in Digital Rights Management, in ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, 2004, 99-110. Original article available here.


The inherently controlled nature of digital rights management systems does little to promote inter-operability of systems provided by different vendors. In this paper, we consider import and export functionality by which multimedia protected by one digital rights management regime can be made available to a multimedia device that supports a different digital rights management regime, without compromising the protection afforded to the content under the original regime. We first identify specific issues to be addressed by developers of digital rights management import/export regimes and outline a variety of methods by which these regimes may be implemented. We then apply our observations to the specific example of import and export of content between the digital rights management regimes defined by the Motion Picture Exports Group and the Open Mobile Alliance.