Digital Libraries & Ebook DRM

Controlled Digital Lending: Controlling ebook distribution and lending periods

How digital libraries differ from physical ones and how ebook DRM can be used to control distribution and enforce lending periods and copyright – controlled digital lending with copy, print and expiry controls.
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Which documents should be protected?

Defining sensitive documents to protect.

Surprisingly few organizations classify their information in order to help them protect it from unauthorized disclosure.  Usually improper disclosures get noticed when personal data are disclosed, and that can mean litigation involving a corporate authority and the public, and bags of adverse publicity. Read more

Revoke document access with DRM security

Document Revocation & Expiry.

Document revocation is an important step in the information architecture coming somewhere between security and disposal.  You can either revoke documents automatically using document expiry controls, or manually by suspending users, documents, or individual user access to specific document(s). Read more

DRM, Copyright Protection and the DMCA

DRM & the Protection of digital information.

Who says lightning never strikes twice in the same place?  They are wrong.  On the same day it is reported that HP have included new Digital Rights Management (DRM) in their printers to make them refuse to work with ‘foreign’ cartridges, and Claims are made that DRM restrictions lead customers to illegal activity.

Lest we forget, HP have had chips on their cartridges for some time now that decide when the cartridge is empty and if the new cartridge is ‘genuine’ but I’m not convinced by the argument that DRM is being used is correct. Read more

Ebook DRM and license transfer

Selling books in the digital age – are digital rights exhausting?

In the physical (paper) world Copyright has gotten well established as to what the ground rules are when dealing with books.  You sell a book.  Well and good.  In the USA and the EU (under different but similar law) the purchaser can sell the book on to a third party when they have finished with it.

Now the clincher to the deal is that they cannot retain a copy and continue to use it.  The simple control is that the purchaser will not pay unless they get the one and only paper copy (first edition, hardbound, paperback, signed copy, with cover, and so on) at the bargain price. Read more