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The IEEE P1817 proposed last month a file protection system, known as Digital Personal Property (DPP), that aims to allow users to share their digital files but keep them protected from outright copying at the same time. It includes two pieces of a digital file: a title folder that would contain the encrypted file and a playkey that will grant access.
The title folder could be shared by the users, but access to the file within could be granted only if they share a playkey too. It would be contained within either a tamper-protected circuit inside a computer or personal device, or online at a playkey hosting site.
Owners would need to be careful who they lend the playkey out to, however, as the borrower could move it and never return it, much like lending out a physical item such as a CD.
The digital property can also be donated or resold. Each playkey would be unique, singular and protected from counterfeiting.
The group’s first meeting is scheduled for July 14th in Santa Clara, CA.