Towards an Acceptable DRM Solution

N. Voicu and C. Marinescu (Romania)


Copyright Issues, DRM, Digital Watermarking, Electronic Commerce, and Security. 1. What Is DRM? Digital Rights Management (DRM) is not a new technology; a few large companies and public entities started research in Electronic Copyright Management in the early 1980s. However, this technology comes into the picture at the end of the 1990s as a savior of intellectual property rights. At that time, the number of Napster users was increasing rapidly, threatening CD sales. As a reaction, the


The amount of remote access to rich media has increased over the last years, easing the distribution of content, but complicating the rights management process. The path from the old VCR to the digital recorder/player is paved with problems ranging from royalties, electronic content flow and usage rights to the risk of strangling the basic rights that we enjoy today. The Digital Rights Management model is one attempt to solve the problem of author's rights in the digital world. But at the same time, it goes a step further than the classic approach, in the worst case leaving no freedom to the user and too much power to the industry. This article will show our view about the problems of DRM systems today, and will present an argument that should help to find a solution that is acceptable for all parties involved.

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