Comparative Study of Digital Rights Management Systems for Music and Text Files

Fetscherin, M.; Schmid, Matthias (August 2003). Comparative Study of Digital Rights Management Systems for Music and Text Files. Proceedings of the First International Mobile IPR Workshop: Rights Management of Information Products on the Mobile Internet, pp. 79-86. Helsinki: IEEE Computer Society

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Digital Rights Management Systems (DRMS) are seen by content providers as the appropriate tool to, on the one hand, fight piracy and, on the other hand,
monetize their assets. Although these systems claim to be very powerful and include multiple protection technologies, there is a lack of understanding about
how such systems are currently being implemented and used by content providers. The aim of this paper is twofold. First, it provides a theoretical basis through which we present shortly the seven core protection technologies of a DRMS. Second, this paper provides empirical evidence that the seven protection technologies outlined in the first section of this paper are the most commonly used technologies. It further evaluates to what extent these
technologies are being used within the music and print industry. It concludes that the three main Technologies are encryption, password, and payment systems. However, there are some industry differences: the number of protection technologies used, the requirements for a DRMS, the required investment, or the perceived success of DRMS in fighting piracy.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Fetscherin, M.


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics


IEEE Computer Society




Nicole Buys

Date Deposited:

20 Apr 2016 09:35

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05 Dec 2022 14:53




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