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Fairer Usage Contracts For DRM

Arnab, Alapan and Andrew Hutchison (2005) Fairer Usage Contracts For DRM. In Proceedings Fifth ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, held in conjunction with CCS 2005, the Twelfth ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

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DRM has been widely promoted as a means to enforce copyright. In many previous papers, it has been argued that DRM gives too much power to rights holders and actually goes beyond the restrictions provided by copyright laws. In this paper we argue that DRM does not actually implement the fundamentals of copyright law, and is rather a mechanism for enforcing licence and contract restrictions on digital data. However, we believe that DRM does have a place in the digital distribution of copyrighted works and present two mechanisms that would allow users to get a more balanced deal from the rights holders. The mechanisms we present also allow for newer business models that cannot be easily implemented with current DRM systems.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Fair use, DRM, copyright, negotiation, credential, rights expression languages, REL, ODRL, persistent access control
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.4 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
ID Code:231
Deposited By:Arnab, A
Deposited On:06 October 2005