DRM and public policy

Edward W. Felten

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Digital rights management (DRM) systems try to erect technological barriers to unauthorized use of digital data. Copyright see DRM as the last defence against rampant infringment and as an enabler of new business models. opponents tend to see DRM as robbing users of their fair use rights, and as the first step toward a digital lockdown. Six principles that should be underlined for sensible public policy regarding DRM include competition, copyright balance, consumer protection, privacy, research and public discourse and targeted policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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