Commentary

229 The future of publishing contracts?

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY vol 21(2) copyright
| Commentary

229 The future of publishing contracts?

| Commentary

229 The future of publishing contracts?

Digital rights management (‘DRM’) is considered to have failed to achieve its object in the music industry, where unauthorised copying and file-sharing is said to have cost the industry billions of pounds. A different approach would be to concentrate less on perhaps vain attempts to enforce copyright against infringers, and instead encourage ‘consumers’ to purchase legitimate copies of electronic works by giving added value to such purchasers in various ways, such as access to extra and/or regularly updated content, extra features, the ability to interact with the author, etc.

New distribution channels for electronic works

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