Unless you are a big organization it is hardly viable to look to the use of copyrights to protect your creative even though intellectual property (IP) laws clearly cite the rights of publishers and authors. So, what is the small business owner to do when looking at copyright protection to guarantee economic rights over his/her intellectual property especially since that the state cannot act on behalf of the copyright owner since it is a civil case rather than a criminal one? This dilemma is even worse with digital copyright because unlike paper copies (which require some cost to duplicate), computers have made it very easy for unscrupulous individuals to violate others intellectual property rights as copying digital works costs them nothing and it is difficult to find the perpetrator in a global Internet environment.
Issues with digital copyright infringement are even gloomier in situations where the IP has to be made publicly accessible in order for you to profit from it. Here we are talking live music shows, video, financial talks and so forth, whereby there is very little or nothing that you can do about people making copies and sharing them with others. There is however a reprieve for your newsletters, eBooks, magazines and the like that you do not make publicly accessible; you can now impose copyright protection controls over your IP to regulate who can use it and how it can be used.
Such digital copyright protection will help us to fully stop or put a limit to copying, printing, forwarding/sharing or editing of our intellectual works. It is also bound to be effective as we will be in a position to limit the number of people who can see our work. Such controls come in the form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and you can make DRM even better by integrating it with a licensing system to determine who can access your creative. In some circles this form of copyright protection may be viewed as being akin to pay per view controls but here authors also have to remember the rule of Fair Use whereby people are by law allowed to see your IP or extract 5% of it for a number of purposes at no charge.
Many eBook publishers and authors are familiar with password digital copyright protection systems and how they can be easily bypassed using password-cracking tools. To be an effective eBook copyright protection tool, DRM controls are usually enforced by encryption mechanisms. Passwords are a weak encryption mechanism and therefore for quality data security protection tool we should expect nothing less than public key technology. Using DRM controls, other than determining who can view our eBooks and whether they can copy or print them, we can also determine when users’ access to them expires.
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Digital Copyright Protection – How It Is Best Implemented