Privacy or Piracy, Why Choose? Two Solutions to the Issue of Digital Rights Management and Protection of Personal Information
International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 240-252, 2008
13 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2009 Last revised: 5 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2008
The decrease of privacy caused by Digital Rights Management is a serious issue, since it slows down the adoption by the consumers of the DRM technologies, at a time when a very large adoption is needed to win the fight against piracy. This article presents two outlines of solutions that are expected to allow fight against piracy and respect of privacy to coexist. The first solution consists of combining first-degree price discrimination and rewarded disclosure in a mutually advantageous trade. The second solution introduces a different type of DRM systems that aims at making the digital goods rival in consumption, thereby leading to anonymous DRM.
Keywords: Privacy, digital rights management, digital goods, price discrimination, public goods, piracy
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