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Each chapter now includes a section that clearly introduces the fundamentals of the IP law aspect highlighted in the chapter. Each chapter also includes a new section dedicated to emerging Issues.
Case coverage is revised in two important ways: the bulk of the case analyses have been moved to a second volume, Case Analyses for Intellectual Property Law and New Media (Baron, Lamoureux, and Stewart); and references to cases in the primary text direct readers to pertinent sections in the new book.
The coverage allows this second edition to serve as an excellent resource for undergraduates studying interactive media, as well as being a primer for first year IP law students, a handbook for entrepreneurs, a guidebook for general lawyers to assist in referrals, and an interesting read for those simply curious about the field.
The books are supplemented by freeforafee.com, a blog providing textual updates, online links to bibliographic materials, and extensive resource aggregation. Learning objectives for each chapter and a glossary of key terms is provided within the texts.
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CHAPTER EIGHT Digital Rights Management Most of the new content we purchase and consume is, at some point in its life, digital. Book manuscripts are ﬁ les on an editor’s computer; music is many hun- dreds of sound ﬁ les on an engineer’s computer, and even the most traditionally produced Hollywood ﬁ lm is a digital ﬁ le during DVD production. Increas- ingly, this content is also being distributed digitally. Publishers, producers, and creators see the exciting possibilities of a digital world but fear the implications of easy and virtually cost-free replication of digital data. One response to this has been the rise of Technological Protection Measures (TPM), so-called Dig- ital Rights Management technologies. Digital Rights Management, or DRM, is a technology that enforces a restriction on the use of content. DRM might require a user to enter her unique password before viewing or printing a PDF ﬁ le, or it might prevent her from copying an audio ﬁ le to more than a certain number of computers. In some schemes, the DRM might be tied to monitor- ing software that periodically checks in with a network server to verify that the user or the device is still authorized by the rights holder. DRM is controversial for a number of reasons. Many content producers see it as their only eﬀ ective weapon against widespread piracy, while privacy advocates worry about access Lamoureaux.indd Sec1:217 2/2/09 10:47:00 PM intellectual property law and interactive media to sensitive user information, and librarians and archivists fear DRM may...
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