Copyright management systems: assessing the power balance.

George, Carlisle (2005) Copyright management systems: assessing the power balance. In: The information society: emerging landscapes: IFIP International Conference on Landscapes of ICT and Social Accountability, Turku, Finland, June 27-29, 2005. Zielinski, Chris and Duquenoy, Penny and Kimppa, Kai, eds. International Federation for Information Processing (195). Springer, New York, pp. 211-222. ISBN 0387305270

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This paper first examines technical and legal issues surrounding Copyright Management Systems (CMS). It then examines the rationale for use of these systems and some accompanying criticisms. It argues that there are compelling economic reasons for controlling access to, and use of copyrighted material, especially in light of digital technology and the Internet. It also argues that CMS have very undesirable qualities which raise concerns about social accountability. They can exert strong control over access to material, invade privacy and deprive the public domain of valuable resources (hence affecting innovation) echoing aspects of eighteenth century Blackstonian ideology. The paper concludes that the present state of affairs in which CMS has increased the power to rights-holders may be detrimental to the development of human society. Technology and the law appear to have colluded to potentially stifle innovation, hence producing no ultimate winners in the future.

Item Type:Book Section
Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Aspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology group
School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence group
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