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The Implications of Digital Rights Management for Privacy and Freedom of Expression

Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, Vol. 2, 2004, Troubador Publishing Ltd.

12 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2005  

Ian R. Kerr

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Jane Bailey

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Abstract

This paper aims to examine some of the broader social consequences of enabling digital rights management. The authors suggest that the current, mainstream orientation of digital rights management systems could have the effect of shifting certain public powers into the invisible hands of private control. Focusing on two central features of digital rights management - their surveillance function and their ability to unbundle copyrights into discrete and custom-made products - the authors conclude that a promulgation of the current use of digital rights management has the potential to seriously undermine our fundamental public commitments to personal privacy and freedom of expression.

Keywords: digital rights management, DRM, copyright law, privacy, freedom of expression

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Ian R. and Bailey, Jane, The Implications of Digital Rights Management for Privacy and Freedom of Expression. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, Vol. 2, 2004, Troubador Publishing Ltd.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=705041

Ian R. Kerr (Contact Author)

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Jane Bailey

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Canada
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