New Realities and Virtualities: Libraries’ Changing Roles in the World of Digital Rights Management

By J. Stephanie Collins, Carol T. West, Tom Chan, Shahriar Movafaghi and Hassan Pournaghshband.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Libraries serve as repositories of human knowledge and accumulated information. When new intellectual works are produced, they are housed in libraries, for the purpose of sharing the content with as many different parties as possible, with the goal of creating universal accessibility to ideas.
The production of a new intellectual work means that there are many stakeholders who will be affected by policies that govern its dissemination and use. These include authors, researchers, librarians, and audience members. Librarians are at the nexus of the conflicts that may arise between the various rights and desires that are attached to works of intellectual labor.
Digital works have changed how libraries deal with intellectual property. With digital media, copyright laws cannot be enforced in the same manner as before. In response to these challenges, authors and publishers use Digital Rights Management (DRM) techniques to restrict how digital works can be used.
This creates conflict between a library’s mission and the desire of authors and publishers to control intellectual work. This conflict cannot be resolved by a single library for many reasons. This paper discusses ways that both authors’ and audience members’ rights can be preserved going forward. These include reconsideration of copyright laws, standardization of DRM practices, and other methods.

Keywords: DRM, Digital Rights Management, Libraries, Copyright, Fair Use, Intellectual Property, Cryptography, Steganography, Digital Watermark, Digital Fingerprinting

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 753.156KB).

Dr. J. Stephanie Collins

Professor of Information Technology, School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, USA

Dr. Collins earned her Ph.D. in Management Information System, and has taught in this area. She has also consulted in MIS, and has developed several information systems in use by both industry and government bodies. Her research area include technical issues around computer networks, in addition to the social implications of the application of technology.

Prof. Carol T. West

Electronic Resources Librarian, Shapiro Library, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, USA

Dr. Tom Chan

Professor, Computer Information Technology, School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, USA

Tom S. Chan is a Professor at the Computer Information Technology Department, Southern New Hampshire University at Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A. He holds a Ed.D. from Texas Tech University, and M.S.C.S. from the University of Southern California. Prior to SNHU, he was an Assistant Professor at Marist College, and as worked as project manager and software engineer specialized in communication network at Citibank. He has published works in the area of Instructional Design, Distance Learning, Technology Adaptation & Diffusion, Information Security and Mobile Technology.

Dr. Shahriar Movafaghi

Professor, Computer Information Technology, School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, USA

Dr. Hassan Pournaghshband

Professor, School of Computing and Software Engineering, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA, USA


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