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2009-10-06 We Are The Network: Fair Use vs. Digital Rights Management

October 4th, 2009

2009-10-06 We Are The Network:  Fair Use vs. Digital Rights Management

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This Tuesday, October 6, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life
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This Week’s Topic

Copyright, fair use and Digital Rights Management (DRM) have consistently been key issues as more content of all sorts is developed and distributed in digital form.  Digital works of all kinds run headlong into the tension between fair use and philosophies, strategies and technologies for how to control content use.  In this session we will explore the positions around fair use and digital rights management.  No doubt, the mere topic of this session will draw many comments from all sides, and potentially some fairly animated positions.  We will approach the topic from a global perspective, as this is one of those topics that reaches far past any one technology.

There are many perspectives and camps of interest involved with this topic area, and many “not so complete” answers.  Let’s dig in to discuss and attempt to better understand some of the key issues.

Please note:  The reading links provided are to provide some background, with the idea that any and everything presented in them is up for discussion and analysis.  Please do not assume any assumed intent or presumed conclusion by the links choices or the sequence, and feel free to bring your own references to the discussion as well.

See you Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,


Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

A Definition Of Digital Rights Management

bepress legal series – Private Copyright: Digital Rights Management Systems and the Consumer, by Victor Nicholas Knipe, Georgetown University Law Center
(39 pages)
“The private sector by itself is not sufficient to protect digital content. DRM systems are all vulnerable to being circumvented by hackers.49 The widespread distribution of circumvention technologies can completely compromise a DRM system. To help curb this problem, Congress provided content holders with legal tools to reinforce DRM protection through the passing the DMCA in 1998.”

The British Libary (UK) Copyright and Research

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive In The Hybrid Economy, Lawrence Lessig (25 minute video presentation)

Fair Use and Digital Rights Management; Preliminary Thoughts on the (Irreconcilable) Tension Between Them
http://w2.eff.org/IP/DRM/fair_use_and_drm.html (Fred von Lohmann of EFF’s take on the issue)

Trading Knowledge, by Frank Norman
http://network.nature.com/people/franknorman/blog/2009/03/18/science-and-entertainment (a perspective on potential impact of copyright on scientific knowledge)

Church of Irony, Oh Nine, Eff nine…

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