The DRM game

Gregory L. Heileman, Pramod A. Jamkhedkar, Joud Khoury, Curtis J. Hrncir

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15 Scopus citations


In this paper we cast DRM in a setting that allows us to model a number of current approaches as games. The DRM game is partitioned into two subgames, one that considers the game associated with content acquisition, and a second that considers how a consumer uses the content, along with a vendor's response to this usage. Examples are provided in order to demonstrate how these subgames correspond to real situations associated with content industries, and the conditions under which Nash equilibria will exist. These subgames form the primary stage of a repeated game that models a number of important long-term interactions between consumers and vendors. We analyze current strategies that attempt to influence the outcome of the repeated game, and we also consider a new type of architectural infrastructure that makes novel use of a trust authority in order to create a suitable environment for constructing DRM games that may prove useful in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDRM'07 - Proceedings of the 2007 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, DRM'07 - Alexandria, VA, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2007Oct 29 2007

Publication series

NameDRM'07 - Proceedings of the 2007 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management


Conference2007 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, DRM'07
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAlexandria, VA


  • DRM
  • game theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Computer Science Applications


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