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The Unfair Play of DRM Technologies: Rereading the Rules of the Game from the Consumer's Perspective


Nicola Lucchi


Jönköping International Business School; Università di Ferrara - Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza; Catholic University of Louvain

January 2007


Abstract:     
In the rapidly expanding information society, intellectual property law plays an increasingly important role in the production, distribution and use of creative material. As a consequence, it faces new possibilities and challenges. One of the most troublesome is connected with the development of the Digital Rights Management Systems and Technological Protection Measures applied to control the distribution and use of electronic works.

In this framework, the anti-circumvention provisions enacted at the American, European and international level to safeguard digital content from uncontrolled distribution and unlawful use could have perverse effects and serious implications for the consumer community. When these provisions are applied and embedded to media products, they can erode some fundamental rights of consumers and can restrict traditional usages. This paper analyzes whether and to what extent the consumer rights are negatively affected by digital terms and conditions enforced with technology and contract law. To balance this inequity the research speculates on the application of consumer protection law as a possible contributory instrument to reduce imbalance between parties

Keywords: copyright law, intellectual property, EC law, consumer law, contract law, digital rights management, technological protection measures

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Date posted: February 6, 2007  

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Lucchi, Nicola, The Unfair Play of DRM Technologies: Rereading the Rules of the Game from the Consumer's Perspective (January 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=956811

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Nicola Lucchi (Contact Author)
Jönköping International Business School ( email )
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Jönköping, 55111
Sweden
HOME PAGE: http://https://jibs.academia.edu/NicolaLucchi
Università di Ferrara - Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza ( email )
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Ferrara, 44121
Italy
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+30 0532 455614 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.unife.it/igm
Catholic University of Louvain ( email )
Pl. Montesquieu, 2
Louvain-la-Neuve, B-1348
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://www.uclouvain.be/nicola.lucchi
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