DRM Practices in the E-Publication Industry

DRM Practices in the E-Publication Industry

Bong Wee Kiau (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-987-8.ch024
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Electronic publishing (e-publishing) is the process of publishing information to be viewed electronically or online and delivered in the form of electronic books (e-books), e-mail newsletters, Web sites, CD-ROM, wireless publishing, and most recently electronic ink (Thomas, 2004). With the recent growth of telecommunication technologies and the Internet, assisted by the development of new technologies such as highbandwidth connections and peer-to-peer networks, digital distribution services in which clients distribute files between themselves without using a central server (Burkhalter, 2001) have vastly improved the way we produce, procure, store, redistribute, and consume digital content. At the same time, these have created several problems like unauthorized copying, modification, and redistribution by a third party. Downloading encoded files has gained acceptance among Internet-savvy users because it provides immediate access to digital content and does not rely on physical media. The ease of processing, obtaining, and transmitting information has made easier both trading in data as well as collecting information from different sources, and has resulted in information about individuals often being collected and sold without their knowledge (Banks, Dickinson, Erickson, Reynolds, & Vora, 2001).

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