Digital Media & Intellectual Property: Management of Rights and Consumer Protection in a Comparative Analysis (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 27, 2006 - Computers - 187 pages
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The book provides a comparative and comprehensive analysis of the current technical, commercial and economical development in digital media. It describes the impact of new business and distribution models, the current legal and regulatory framework, social practices and consumer expectations associated with the use, distribution, and control of digital media products. In particular, the author analyzes the anti-circumvention provisions for technological protection measures and digital rights management systems enacted in the United States and in Europe, and their impact on consumer protection policy. The book concludes with an overview of the effects, and the possible solutions, under U.S. and EU law, posed by using contractual arrangements to expand intellectual property rights.
  

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This is a book for anyone interested in the digital intellectual property debate. The author describes and evaluates the growing consumer revolution against digital copyright law considering the side effects of Digital Rights Management Technologies. The book’s thesis is that the combination of contract law and technology has placed excessive restriction on user. In the conclusion of the author suggests to look to consumer protection law to recalibrate the balance of intellectual property rights in digital media transactions.
Even if the book is a little short (just 169 pages), I really like it and would definitely recommend to anyone.
 

Contents

Technical and Commercial Developments in Digital Media
10
11 Digital Media and Digitization
17
Public Interest or Private Benefit?
20
13 From Mass Market Licenses to Access Contract
30
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age Regulation through Law
41
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
44
The European Copyright Directive
51
A Comparison
62
Privately Legislated Intellectual Property Rights?
93
32 Technological Features to Protect Access and Rights Control
96
33 Technological Protection Measures and Consumer Protection
99
34 The Role of DRMs in the EC Internal Market
120
35 Some New Business Models for Digital Media
128
Conclusions
134
References
143
Index
167

Illegal File Swapping
74
A New Directive
79
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age Regulation through Technology
89
About the Author
170
Copyright

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