Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to answer the question of whether digital rights management (DRM) can be useful to libraries. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a legal and technical description of DRM and its current and future opportunities. Findings – The paper finds that digital rights management has possibilities that can be useful for libraries. But it is important that librarians become more active in the standardization and development of new ideas. Some examples are given. Originality/value – The paper offers a realistic approach to DRM for libraries.
Library Hi Tech – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 21, 2008
Keywords: Intellectual property law; Libraries
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