Digital Rights Management: The Problem of Expanding Ownership Rights

Digital Rights Management: The Problem of Expanding Ownership Rights

by Christopher May
     
 

ISBN-10: 1843341859

ISBN-13: 9781843341857

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Digital Rights Management examines the social context of new digital rights management (DRM) technologies in a lively and accessible style. It sets out the scope of DRMs in non-technical terms and then explores the shifts that DRM has produced within the regime of protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs). Focusing on the social norms around the protection

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Digital Rights Management examines the social context of new digital rights management (DRM) technologies in a lively and accessible style. It sets out the scope of DRMs in non-technical terms and then explores the shifts that DRM has produced within the regime of protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs). Focusing on the social norms around the protection of IPRs, it examines the music industry and software development sector to ask whether the protections established by DRM are legitimate and socially beneficial. Using these key examples to establish a more general argument, the books central conclusion is that rather than merely re-establishing threatened rights, the development of DRM has extended the rights of intellectual property owners, and that such an extension violates previous carefully balanced political compromises as regards the maintenance of the public domain.

  • Places DRM in its political context
  • Sets out the social impact of a new and important technology
  • Accessible and clearly written for a non-technical audience

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843341857
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Chandos Information Professional Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: setting the scene
Intellectual property and social norms
Digital rights management: Two trajectories
Digital rights management: Two cases for consideration
Digital rights management, the (over)protection of rights and the expansion of open alternatives

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