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The present invention provides systems and methods for 
secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. 
Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance 
with the present invention help to ensure that information is 
accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the 
integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. 
Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual 
distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of 
handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or 
otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated 
information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used 
to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and * 
other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed 
and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such 
as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based 
processors, may establish security at each node. These techniques 
may be used to support an all-electronic information distribution, 
for example, utilizing the "electronic highway."