Everyone Hates DRM

Posted: 4 Jun 2010

See all articles by Douglas Lichtman

Douglas Lichtman

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: April 13, 2009


Ten years ago, the rights and responsibilities associated with copyright protection were largely defined by federal law. Today, while those explicit rules are obviously still important, a meaningful discussion of copyright protection can’t help but also include technological protections - like the encryption technologies that serve to discourage consumers from making unauthorized copies of their DVDs, or the watermarks that to some degree allow copyright holders to detect when their audio or video content shows up without permission on a site like YouTube. These so-called “digital rights management” or DRM technologies are impacting every aspect of the copyright equation. In this podcast, we therefore set out to take a comprehensive tour of the technology, law, and strategy of DRM. Guests include Ed Felten from Princeton University and Randy Picker from the University of Chicago. UCLA’s Doug Lichtman hosts. (Podcast available for free in the archives at ipcolloquium.com.)

Keywords: copyright, DRM, digital rights management, encryption, digital watermark, intellectual property, youtube, ed felten, randy picker

JEL Classification: K00, K11, O34

Suggested Citation

Lichtman, Douglas Gary, Everyone Hates DRM (April 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1618992

Douglas Gary Lichtman (Contact Author)

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