Digital Rights Management and Access to Information: a developing country’s perspective

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dc.contributor.author Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-10T11:45:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-10T11:45:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.issn 1058-6768
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8638
dc.description.abstract Digital rights management systems (DRMs) together with technological protection measures (TPMs) have become a controversial topic of discussion around copyrighted works, particularly since the controversial Sony BMG case. This paper addresses some of the concerns around TPM-enabled digital rights management systems as they apply to and impact on developing countries. It highlights issues such as digital censorship, international support for digital rights management and the current legislation in South Africa relating to digital rights management. It also discusses types of digital rights management systems and how they affect access to information and knowledge, as well as their impact on the public domain and privacy. The paper provides some recommendations and challenges to librarians and educators in South Africa and for librarians in other developing countries, on how to address digital rights management issues in relation to their obligations and mandates to provide users and learners with unrestricted access to information. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2009 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 19, Issue 1;
dc.subject Digital Rights Management; DRM; libraries; copyright en_US
dc.title Digital Rights Management and Access to Information: a developing country’s perspective en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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