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DRMs, Innovation and Creation

Geffroy, Olivier and Geffroy, Anne-Gaëlle (2006): DRMs, Innovation and Creation. Published in: International Journal of Digital Economics No. 62 : pp. 34-47.

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DRMs are intellectual property institutions. They transpose the empirical principle of copyright, which implicitly recognizes that specific ownership rules should be attached to non scientific creation, into the digital era. The legal protection of DRMs, a private means of enforcing content excludability, participates in the "privatization" of copyright protection. This, in turn, means that a proprietary software — governed by intellectual property rights, reinforced by public law — becomes the key to the vertical relations shaped by exclusive copyright. DRMs consequently represent a major stake in the competition to capture network effects in the content distribution vertical chain

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