How electronic publishers are protecting against piracy: doubts about technical systems of protection

Tang, Puay (1998) How electronic publishers are protecting against piracy: doubts about technical systems of protection. Information Society, 14 (1). pp. 19-31. ISSN 0197-2243

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Abstract

Technical systems of copyright protection are increasingly perceived as a supplement to the law against piracy of electronic publications. Legislative reforms have been introduced to prohibit tampering with these systems. This article analyzes the methods of protection employed by a sample of UK electronic publishers, and examines their views on technological protection and the increasing prospect of digital piracy. The study finds a divergent range of instruments of protection, and technological protection is not a preferred method. It also finds that the concern with piracy is of secondary importance when compared to the need to improve the 'time of market' of their products. In conclusion, the article concludes that the adoption of technological protection systems is just a business practice.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Puay Tang
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:38
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 08:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17530
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