Saturday, December 18, 2004

INDICARE Article Flow

INDICARE Monitor 6/7 has been published! A stream of interesting articles on Digital Rights Management and various related issues. Check it out!

- DRM strategies debate in the US – A report from a JupiterMedia Conference
Abstract: JupiterMedia’s Digital Rights Management Strategies Conference was announced as “the most comprehensive event on DRM business and technology issues ever held”. This statement weighs even more as the US DRM market is more mature than the European market. Although the two day conference explicitly targeted consumer issues, it is safe to say that consumer-friendly DRMs are not the most important thing for American players in the DRM and content industry.

- Turning infringing users into paying customers - A new trend in anti-piracy
Abstract: Copy protection of digital content is moving from a concept of inhibiting consumers from making copies (or at least trying to do so) by technological protection measures (TPM) towards a concept of detecting illegal use. In case illegal use is detected, a type of "punishment" may follow: the content may suffer quality degradation, or – in the case of software – it may behave in a strange, annoying manner. In the best of cases the infringing user facing this kind of punishment is at the same time encouraged to obtain a legal copy. The article reviews the present state of this new concept in the area of game software.

- If you can't beat them, join them - DRM as the future for collecting societies
Abstract: INDICARE-Interview by Natali Helberger, IViR, Amsterdam, The Netherlands with André Beemsterboer, CEDAR (Centruum voor Dienstverlening Auteurs- en anverwante Rechten). Some say that DRM is the last nail in the coffin of collecting societies. Not so André Beemsterboer, director of CEDAR, one of the major Dutch collecting societies. In this interview, Mr. Beemsterboer explains his vision of the future of collecting societies – collecting societies as users of DRM.

- Learning from P2P: Evolution of business models for online content
Abstract: Online content services using DRM have been seen as antithetical to file-sharing services based on the peer-to-peer (P2P) model. But over the past year or so, more and more copyright-respecting services have appeared with features appropriated from P2P networks, while at the same time, P2P networks with some copyright-respecting features have also been introduced. The truth emerging is that DRM and P2P are orthogonal sets of capabilities, which can be complementary as well as antithetical (Einhorn and Rosenblatt 2005). From consumers’ perspective, the differences between “P2P” and “DRM” based services are gradually shrinking.

- Mobile music in Japan - Japan's reality is our future
Abstract: This article takes a close look at the world-leading Japanese mobile data market which is all about migrating users to 3G (third generation of mobile communication technology) and offering new cutting-edge services driven by more powerful 3G networks and devices. Its special focus is on the mobile music market which generates 50 % of mobile content premium revenues. Learning from Japan makes sense as there are basically no differences between end user cultures in Japan and other countries, but there still are many differences between management cultures.

- Chiariglione's vision: An interoperable DRM platform to the benefit of all
Abstract: INDICARE-Interview by Knud Böhle, ITAS, Karlsruhe, Germany with Leonardo Chiariglione, Digital Media Project. The purpose of the interview is to get a better understanding of the project's work, and to find out how consumer concerns are addressed within the project.

- Content protection comes first: A report about the Fourth ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management
Abstract: This year's ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, which took place in Washington, DC, was an opportunity to find out what is going on in the technical field and what the research priorities of DRM specialists are. The following report points out the issues I found most interesting for INDICARE. It is telling that neither privacy enhancing technologies nor end user centred design of acceptable DRM systems were among the issues dealt with. The primary and enduring concern was still, and for obvious reasons, content protection technologies.


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