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A Digital Rights Enabled Graphics Processing System

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Executive Summary

With the emergence of 3D graphics/arts assets commerce on the Internet, to protect their intellectual property and to restrict their usage have become a new design challenge. This paper presents a novel protection model for commercial graphics data by integrating digital rights management into the graphics processing unit and creating a digital rights enabled graphics processing system to defend against piracy of entertainment software and copyrighted graphics arts. In accordance with the presented model, graphics content providers distribute encrypted 3D graphics data along with their certified licenses. During rendering, when encrypted graphics data, e.g. geometry or textures, are fetched by a digital rights enabled graphics processing system, it will be decrypted.

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