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Piracy and Content Protection in the Broadband Age

Arnab, Alapan and Andrew Hutchison (2006) Piracy and Content Protection in the Broadband Age. In Proceedings Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) 2006, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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The illegal distribution of copyrighted material has been blamed for vast losses incurred by publishing companies, especially in the entertainment industry. To this effect, Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been actively promoted as the solution to this problem. Critics of DRM however claim that DRM infringes on basic rights afforded by copyright law and is thus bad for consumers. Adding support for their claims is the incorrect and, in our opinion, illegal implementation of these systems. This paper introduces and debates these issues also discusses results of a survey we conducted over the Internet on the public's response to copyrighted works, DRM and piracy. Our findings conclude that while DRM is still necessary, piracy is neither a clear cut reason for a loss of sales nor a phenomenon easily explainable.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
ID Code:317
Deposited By:Arnab, A
Deposited On:15 September 2006