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This article was originally published as Muhlbauer, A, Safavi-Naini, R, Salim, F, Sheppard, NP and Surminen, M, Location Constraints in Digital Rights Management, Advanced Location-Based Services, Computer Communications, 31(6), 2008, 1173-1180. Original article available here.


Digital rights management allows information owners to control the use and dissemination of electronic documents via a machine-readable licence. This paper describes the design and implementation of a system for creating and enforcing licences containing location constraints that can be used to restrict access to sensitive documents to a defined area. Documents can be loaded onto a portable device and used in the approved areas, but cannot be used if the device moves to another area. Our contribution includes a taxonomy for access control in the presence of requests to perform non-instantaneous controlled actions.



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