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The Implications of Digital Rights Management for Privacy and Freedom of Expression
By: Ian Kerr and Jane Bailey


in Info, Comm & Ethics in Society (2004) 2:2, Troubadour Publishing Ltd.

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.

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