Digital Rights Management: The End of Collecting Societies?

 
9781578232017: Digital Rights Management: The End of Collecting Societies?
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The ubiquitous digitisation and the advent of Digital Rights Management Systems have created novel environments for content distribution and rights administration. The legal frameworks will indubitably have to evolve to match these new realities. The question whether the new technological infrastructures would render collective societies obsolete is part of this regulatory puzzle and needs to be adequately addressed in view of the balanced development of the Information Society. The present publication seeks to explore the different dimensions of collective rights management and to reassess the role of collecting societies in the digital era. The contributions of internationally renowned experts in the field of copyright and new technologies provide invaluable analyses from social and cultural policy, human rights and competition law aspects of the relationship "DRMs vs. Collective Societies" and elaborate on its future implications.

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Christoph Beat Graber is head of the research centre i-call (International Communications and Art Law Lucerne) of the Law Faculty of the University of Lucerne. He teaches in the fields of international trade law, communications and art law, European and global media law and sociology of law at the University of Lucerne and lectures on audiovisual services in the MILE programme of the World Trade Institute. He was formerly Managing Director of the Swiss Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television. He is currently the co-editor of the Swiss journal of communications law medialex, as well as a member of the Committee on Cultural Diversity of the International Conference of French Speaking Law Faculties (CIFDUF). Christoph Beat Graber is also a member of the Swiss Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Author's Rights and Neighbouring Rights.

Carlo Govoni is head of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and was head of the Swiss delegation in the WIPO Diplomatic Conferences in 1996 and in 2000. He is a memeber, and from 1997 to 2000, vice-president of the Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Author's Rights and Neighboruring Rights. During 1999-2000 Carlo Govoni charied the MM-S-PR, an expert group for Copyright and Neighbouring Rights of the coucil of Europe.

Michael Girsberger works as a research fellow at the University of Lucerne and is a member of the i-call (International Communications and art Law Lucerne) Research Center. Mr. Girsberger's research focuses on copyright and competition law issues of the digital networked environment and especially on issues concerning digital rights management.

Mira Nenova is a research fellow at the University of Lucerne and member of the i-call (International Communications and Art Law Lucerne) Centre. Ms. Nenova's research focuses on competition law issues in the electronic communications sector and on some governance implications of the convergence phenomenon and rapid technological developments.

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