Friday, June 03, 2005

Back Up: INDICARE DRM Publication Wave

Back from a ten day Eastern internet black out, I've got a lot of catching up to do. For starters, let me highlight the recent publication of the First Supplement [PDF] to INDICARE's State of the Art Report on Digital rights Management and Consumer Acceptability. It provides the developments since the Report's publication in December 2004:
Topics that this publication reports about are, among others, the authorized domain, recent studies concerning the position of consumers with disabilities and DRMs, developing countries, and international aspects of DRM in general. The supplement describes recent legal initiatives in Norway, Germany and Belgium. It also highlights some important consultation procedures and initiatives concerning DRMs that were initialised by the European Consumer Law Group (ECLG), The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). An update on recent technical developments in the field of copy protection for different media is given. Finally, the role of DRM in the information economy is discussed and if DRM, from the business perspective, are primarily means of copy protection or business model enablers. New DRM-based business models are introduced that are based on viral marketing, peer-to-peer networks or subscription and rental services. And then there are alternative business models, new DRM-free content offerings that are reported about in this supplement.
Also, put online last Monday, a fresh flow of articles at the INDICARE site [PDF]:


Digital music usage and DRM. Results from a representative consumer survey
by Nicole Dufft

The use of digital rights management in document supply
by Andrew Braid

National libraries, preservation and digital rights management. INDICARE-interview
by Tobias Steinke

Digital rights management and mass amateurization
by Dan Hunter

Consumer acceptance of digital rights management systems
by Marc Fetscherin

Real money for virtual items: A case for DRM?
by Danny Vogeley

Preparing for the Iditarod of the digital world
by Natali Helberger

INDICARE consumer survey on digital music published
by Nicole Dufft

A2K: Access to Knowledge – Make it happen
by Natali Helberger





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